On September 24, 1968 — September 24, 1968: During the second inning of a 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets Manager Gil Hodges turns to his pitching coach Rube Walker and asks him to “take over.” Hodges spent the next four days in a Atlanta hospital.

The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.

The Aaron brothers, Tommie and Hank, pull off a double steal for the Braves, with Hank scoring. The pair combine for five hits In the victory.


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