New York Yankees Mourn the Passing of Arlene Howard and Joan Ford


The New York Yankees community is mourning the loss of two iconic women, Arlene Howard and Joan Ford. Arlene, beloved wife of pioneering player Elston Howard, and Joan, devoted wife of legendary pitcher Whitey Ford, left an indelible mark on the Yankees family.

Pillars of strength and grace

Both Arlene Howard and Joan Ford were famous for always supporting their husbands’ careers. Arlene’s presence at Yankees Old-Timers’ Days was a poignant reminder of her husband’s groundbreaking journey as the first African-American player for the New York Yankees. Likewise, Joan’s steadfast support for Whitey Ford, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, is well documented.

The Yankees mourn the passing of the wives of two Yankees legends, Joan Ford, wife of Whitey Ford, and Arlene Howard, wife of Elston Howard. Both women were guests of honor at Yankees Old-Timers’ Days and continued their husbands’ legacy. The Yankees would like to send their sincere condolences to the Ford and Howard families.

Cause of death

Although specific details about the cause of death for Arlene Howard and Joan Ford have not been revealed, it is known that both women passed away peacefully surrounded by their families.

Tribute poured in

News of the passing of Arlene Howard and Joan Ford resulted in an outpouring of heartfelt tributes from the Yankees community and beyond. They are remembered not only as the wives of Yankees legends but also as beloved figures in their own right. The grace, strength and love they gave to their family and the Yankees community will forever be cherished.


The passing of Arlene Howard and Joan Ford marks the end of an era. As passionate supporters of their husbands and integral members of the Yankees family, their memory will continue to inspire many. The Yankees community sends its deepest condolences to the Howard and Ford families during this difficult time.