The All American Boy of summer: Gil Hodges and My Fathers Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers and his Son’s Love for the Miracle New York Mets.

In April 1943, my father left for the army from his small row house in Paterson, NJ where he lived and helped support his widowed mother and sister at the age of 34,m to serve in the Second World War. Before he left, my grandmother made a promise to him that she would...