“No man lives his image.” -Gil Hodges
“As a Marine, one of Brooklyn’s beloved Boys of Summer, and the manager of the Miracle Mets, Gil Hodges lived a great American life, though one cut too short. In these pages you understand how Hodges defined what it meant to be a role model in a golden age." -Tom Verducci, senior writer for Sports Illustrated
“Zachter brings the same grace and precision to the page that Hodges brought to first base at Ebbets Field and with methodical research, insight, and pure affection gives life to the man behind the astounding stats.” -Marty Markowitz, former Brooklyn Borough president
“Whether focusing on Hodges the Hoosier, the marine on Okinawa, the home run-hitting slugger, or the Brooklynite on Bedford Avenue, Mort Zachter has given us Gil, right down to the nub of his Marlboro.” -Bob McGee, author of The Greatest Ballpark Ever
Listen in to Mort Zachter's appearance in the Clubhouse on a snowy March evening and you’ll understand the warm praise...