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.