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Charles Joseph Hiller

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Chuck Hiller was MVP of the Texas League in 1960, when he played for the Rio Grande Valley Giants. He was the first National Leaguer to hit a grand slam in the World Series (1962). His nickname was "Iron Hands" (little wonder, given his 29 errors as the San Francisco Giants second baseman in 1962).

After his playing days, Hiller was a longtime minor league manager and big league coach. He managed the Salem Rebels in 1969, the Tidewater Tides in 1970, and the Marion Mets in 1971 and 1972. After spending 1973 as a Texas Rangers coach, he returned as skipper of the Marion Mets for the next two seasons. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals coaching staff from 1976 to 1979 and spent 1980 as manager of the Kingsport Mets. After three years as a St. Louis Cardinals coach from 1981 to 1983, he spent a year as managing the Johnson City Cardinals before a stint on the Giants staff in 1985. He was again the skipper at Kingsport in 1986 and a New York Mets coach in 1990.

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