Joan Hodges, widow of Hall of Famer Gil Hodges, has died at age 95

NEW YORK — Joan Hodges, the widow of Hall of Famer and World Series-winning New York Mets manager Gil Hodges, has died following an extended illness.

The team said he died Saturday night, 10 days shy of his 96th birthday. The Mets held a tribute and moment of silence before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gil Hodges was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in July. He hit 370 home runs in a big league career spent mostly with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers then managed the 1969 Miracle Mets to the franchise’s first title.

Gil Hodges died of a heart attack at the age of 47 in 1972.

“We are so grateful that Joan saw Gil inducted into the Hall of Fame last July,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “It’s great to hear that and the entire Mets and Hodges family.”

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

“Today I am especially happy for my mother,” said Irene. “When the call came from the Hall of Fame … I started sobbing maybe like I did when I lost my father. I was so happy for him and so happy that my mother at the age of 95 could hear this news.”

Joan lived in the Brooklyn home where she and Gil lived and raised their children. Besides Irene, he is survived by the couple’s son Gil Jr., and daughter Cindy.