On August 14, 1973 the New York Mets were 8 1/2 games behind and in last place in the National League East with a record of 52-65. The Mets finished August winning 10 of 16 followed by a September run of 19-8 to win the division with a record of 82-79.
April 2, 1972 began like so many other spring Sunday’s of his life. Church and a round of golf with friends.
After attending an early Easter service in Florida, Hodges met his coaches on the golf course. The foursome of Hodges, Joe Pignatano, Rube Walker and Eddie Yost played 27 holes at the Palm Beach Lakes course before calling it a day. As the group walked from the course back to the clubhouse, Hodges collapsed and died of a massive heart attack just two days prior to his 48th birthday.
His coaches and his team were shocked.