Today in Mets’ History: Hodges pulls Cleon.

Every team’s evolution from doormat to contender has that defining moment when somebody grabs the team by the scruff of the neck and shakes it awake.

That moment for the 1969 Mets came on this date when manager Gil Hodges walked out of the dugout and strolled out to left field, where he removed Cleon Jones.

The Mets lost the first game of a doubleheader, 16-3, and were getting pasted in the second, 8-0, when Johnny Edwards doubled past Jones.

It was reported at the time Jones had sustained a leg injury, but it later surfaced Hodges was angry at Jones for not hustling.

On the 40th Anniversary of that team, Jones recalled the incident as a galvanizing moment. Jones also said Hodges was his favorite manager.

Does anybody remember anything about that day?


One thought on “Today in Mets’ History: Hodges pulls Cleon.

  1. I remember the dialog from that great book “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place.” Supposedly Hodges said to Jones in left field,
    “are you hurt? you must be hurt?” I was 14, the memories are vivid even now. Pure elation when they beat the Orioles and pure despair and grief when Gil Hodges died three years later.