Milestones, Apr. 17, 1972

Died. Gil Hodges, 47, New York Mets manager; of a heart attack; in West Palm Beach, Fla. Fresh from the Marines, Hodges rejoined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and in the next 17 seasons established a reputation for graceful fielding at first base and timely long-ball hitting. He set a National League record for grand-slam home runs (14) that still stands. After managing the Washington Senators for five years, he returned to New York to take over the hapless, tenth-place Mets. The next season Hodges led his team to the 1969 pennant and an...

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