He was one of the original Mets. He retired from playing and went on to manage the Washington Senators. He was brought back to manage the Mets and led them to World Series Champions in 1969.
There was a biography written by Milton J. Shapiro and Gil wrote a book with Frank Slocum called The Game Of Baseball. There is a bridge between Brooklyn and Rockaway, a park on Carroll St. and a little league field on MacDonald Ave. in Brooklyn named after him.
He has not been voted into the hall of fame although many people feel he deserves to be.