Ed Charles

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Edwin Douglas Charles
(Ez, The Poet, or The Glider)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ed Charles missed half of 1953 and all of 1954 due to military service. He was then trapped at AAA from 1958 to 1961, leading his league's third basemen in assists in 1961 and putouts in 1959 and 1961. He also tied for the 1952 Provincial League lead with 11 triples, and led the 1955 Big State League with 135 runs and the 1961 Pacific Coast League with 181 hits, 36 doubles, and 114 runs.

He was probably the best player in the history of the Kansas City Athletics. He was already 29 when he made his debut with the team at the start of the 1962 season, but had an excellent rookie year, hitting .288 with 17 homers and 74 RBI in 147 games as the starting third baseman. He kept the position until the first weeks of the 1967 season, when he was traded to the New York Mets for Larry Elliot. He never quite matched his rookie numbers, but had 15 and 16 homers in 1963 and 1964 and a high of 79 RBI in his sophomore season. In 1966, he batted .286. The A's hardly had any other player who gave them sustained production over a number of years, as they tended to trade away any good young players, or to have good years from veterans who were otherwise on their last legs.

Charles hit .276 with 15 homers as the Mets' regular third baseman in 1968, which was excellent production in the "Year of the Pitcher", worthy of a 120 OPS+. He was the Mets' most-used player at third base during their "Miracle Mets" season in 1969, but hit only .207 in 61 games at age 36 and was strictly a platoon player by the end of the year. He went 2 for 15 in the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles and retired when the Mets released him after the Series. However, he is captured in a very famous photograph that show the Mets' players celebrating the final out of the Game 5 of the World Series, he is shown jumping on the mound as P Jerry Koosman and C Jerry Grote are embracing each other.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Chad Thornburg: "Beloved Charles of '69 Miracle Mets dies at 84", mlb.com, March 15, 2018. [1]
  • George Vecsey: "Ed Charles, Infield Sage of the Miracle Mets, Is Dead at 84", The New York Times, March 15, 2018. [2]

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