Gil Hodges’s Wife, Joan Hodges, Dies at Age 95!

NEW YORK — Gil Hodges was the manager of the New York Mets and went into the Hall of Fame. His wife, Joan Hodges, died after a long illness.

The team said that she died on Saturday night, just 10 days before she would have turned 96. Before their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, the Mets paid tribute and held a moment of silence.

In July, Gil Hodges was put into the baseball Hall of Fame. He spent most of his big league career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, where he hit 370 home runs. He then led the 1969 Miracle Mets to the team’s first championship.

Gil Hodges's Wife, Joan Hodges, Dies at Age 95!
Gil Hodges’s Wife, Joan Hodges, Dies at Age 95!

Gil Hodges died in 1972 of a heart attack when he was 47 years old.

Sandy Alderson, the president of the Mets, said in a statement, “We are so glad that Joan was able to see Gil get into the Hall of Fame in July.” “That meant a lot to me and to the Mets and Hodges family as a whole.”

Irene Hodges, Gil and Joan’s daughter, spoke on her father’s behalf at the induction in Cooperstown on July 24.

Irene said, “Today is a great day for my mother.” “When the Hall of Fame called, I started crying probably as much as I did when my father died. I was so happy for him and glad that my mom, who is 95 years old, would be able to hear this news.”

Joan lived with Gil in the house in Brooklyn where they raised their children. She is survived by her husband, Irene, and their son, Gil Jr., and daughter, Cindy.

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