About Gil Hodges:

  • ” He is the kind of boy who makes his scout’s job safe for 20 years.”
    Branch Rickey

  • “If you had a son, it would be a great thing to have him grow up to be just like Gil Hodges.”
     Pee Wee Reese

  • “Gil Hodges is a Hall of Fame man.”
     Roy Companella

  • “ The umpires call Hodges out on bad balls now and then. No doubt they are bad calls. Hodges comes back and tells me how bad they are. But he doesn’t tell them. He just walks away from there. I keep telling him, ’You let them know it is a bad call; don’t argue or battle about it, but just don’t let them think they are right.’ He’s such a nice guy he wouldn’t even do that. The umps think he is the nicest guy in the league.”
     Charlie Dressen

  • “ I’m happy for him, that is, if you think becoming a big-league manager is a good thing to have happen to you.”
     Bob Uecker

  • “ Not getting booed at Ebbets Field was an amazing thing. Those fans knew their baseball and Gil was the only player I can remember whom the fans never, I mean never booed.” 
     Clem Labine

By Gil Hodges:

  • “There are only two kinds of managers. Winning managers and ex-managers.”
  • ”I can’t very well tell my batters don’t hit it to him. Wherever they hit it, he’s there anyway.”
     Gil Hodges, on Willie Mays

  • “The thing that most people hear about that one is that a priest [Father Herbert Redmond of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church] stood in a Brooklyn pulpit that Sunday and said, “It’s too hot for a sermon. Just go home and say a prayer for Gil Hodges.” Well, I know that I’ll never forget that, but also I won’t forget the hundreds of people who sent me letters, telegrams, and postcards during that World Series. There wasn’t a single nasty message. Everybody tried to say something nice. It had a tremendous effect on my morale, if not my batting average. Remember that in 1952, the Dodgers had never won a World Series. A couple of base hits by me in the right spot might have changed all that.”
     Gil Hodges, on his 1952 season slump from his book, The Game of Baseball