Apr 30, 2020

Marcus Stroman: 2019 Mets Pitcher (2019-2020)

Marcus  Earl Stroman was born May 1st 1991 on Long Island, in Medford, New York. His parents divorced when he was in the 5th grade. His father is a Suffolk County detective. 

He was very close to his grand mother & she regularly attended his high school games.

The five foot seven, right hander, attended Patchogue high school in Medford, Long Island. He was an outstanding pitcher & all around star baseball player. He would face his current Mets team mate, Steven Matz who also grew up on Long Island.

Stroman was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009 but did sign, instead electing to go to college at Duke University. 

At Duke he pitched & set a Duke career record for strike outs (290 in 222 innings). He also played second base & short stop in his Duke years. In 2012 he became the first Duke player to get drafted in the first round. He was the 22nd pick overall, selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Blue Jays Career: Stroman debuted on May 4th, 2014 in an inter league game at Pittsburgh. He came in the 8th inning in relief, giving up a run. In his next relief appearance, he earned his first career victory pitching the 9th & 10th innings at Philadelphia. 

By May 3st, he was in the rotation, in his first start, he beat the Kansas City Royals, then won his second as well. On September 8th, he pitched a complete game three hit, shut out, beating the Chicago Cubs. 

Later in the month he intentionally threw at Baltimore's Caleb Joseph & was suspended for six games. He would finish the year in the bullpen. In his first season at 11-6 with 111 strike outs in 130 innings, posting a 3.65 ERA.

In Spring Training 2015, he tore his ACL & needed surgery. He was shut down for most of the year, returning by September. In his time off he went back to Duke & earned his degree in Sociology. When he returned to the mound he went 40 with a 1.67 ERA.

Post Season: That year the Jays won the AL East & Stroman got to pitch in his first post season. He pitched seven innings of Game #1 of the ALDS loss to the Texas Rangers earning no decision. He got the call for the series ending Game #5, going 6 innings allowing two runs striking out four. He got no decision but the Jays advanced to the ALCS.

In Game #3 he got the win, in a wild, 11-8 Toronto win, over the Kansas City Royals at Skydome. Stroman allowed four runs on eleven hits but still won the game. The Royals won the series, advancing to the World Series to play the New York Mets.

In 2016, he was the Jays Opening Day starter, he pitched eight innings to beat the Tampa Rays. He had a good start to the year at 4-0, but finished at 9-10 on the year. J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez & R.A. Dickey all won more games than him in the staff. 

His ERA was 4.37, but he had the leagues highest ground ball % & the leagues lowest fly ball %.  as he made 32 appearances. That year he had a career high 204 innings pitched. 

2016 Post Season: That year the Jays tied the Baltimore Orioles for second place & both teams won the wild card spots. Stroman pitched six innings in the Wild Card Game, he struck out six, allowing two runs on four hits. The Jays won the game, but he got no decision. 

He was scheduled to start Game #4 of the ALDS but Toronto swept the Texas Rangers in three games. He took a loss to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS Game #3 at Toronto. The Indians advanced to the World Series in five games.

He started out 2017, with a few exciting days at the plate. On April 25th, he was sent up in a pinch hit role & doubled, becoming the first Toronto pitcher to ever have a pinch hit. 

On May 18th, he became the second Toronto pitcher in team history, to ever hit a HR. His HR followed a HR from his catcher Luke Maile, making them the first battery to hit back to back HRs, since 1970.The blast came off Julio Tehran of the Atlanta Braves. In that game he shut out the Braves for seven innings earning the win.

From late April into mid June he went on a personal six game win streak & lowered his ERA to 3.09. The Jays fell to fourth place that year & Stroman was the ace of the staff & was voted the teams Pitcher of the Year. 

He had career highs in win (13) & starts (33). The 33 starts were 3rd most in the AL. For the second year in a row he tossed over 200 innings & posted a 3.09 ERA (fourth best in the AL). He walked a career high 62 batters (10th most in the AL). He allowed the fourth most HRs per nine innings for the second straight year. Defensively he won the Gold Glove award, as he also led all pitchers in assists & would do so the next year as well.

In the 2018 off season he lost his arbitration case & started out badly on the year. By the end of May he 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA, he had given up at least four runs in all his starts. He was placed on the 10 DL with shoulder fatigue. He was back in the rotation by late June. 

On June 29th he finally earned his first win. He would have to leave games twice during the summer due to blisters & made his last start of the year on September 3rd. It was his worst season going 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA in just 19 starts.

He was still the Blue Jays Opening Day starter in 2019, getting no decision. He lost his first three decisions, but just gave up two runs & the three runs in those starts. 

On April 14th, he gave up three runs, all unearned but still took a loss. On April 19th, he beat the A's in Oakland, getting credit for his first win. Although he ended April 1-3, his ERA was just 1.43.

In May he lost another three straight and was 1-6, although his ERA was just 3.12 He kept in below three until early June, picking up wins against Boston & San Diego to get to 3-6. At the All Star break he was 5-9 with a 3.18 ERA, among the leagues best. He got selected to his first All Star game but did not pitch.

Mets Career: In July, the trade rumors heated up & he was going to go some where. To everyone's surprise he was traded to the New York Mets. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagen pulled off the deal, as the Mets were in the midst of turning their season around. 

All of a sudden the Mets won 14 of 15 games & were in the thick of the wild card hunt. Stroman joined am already strong staff of that year's Cy Young winner, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz & Zack Wheeler.

Stroman was happy to be on the Mets & thrilled to be back near his home. 
He made his first Mets start on August 3rd at Pittsburgh. He allowed three runs on three hits in 4.1 innings. The Mets did go on to win the game & start an eight game win streak, but he got no decision.

His next start came at home at Citi Field against the Nationals, where he had many family & friends in attendance.  Although he struck out a season high nine batters, he gave up four runs & HR to Juan Soto, exiting in tie game after six innings. 

With the Mets down 6-3 in the 9th inning, Todd Frazier tied the game with a three run HR off Sean Doolittle & Michael Conforto's won it with an exciting walk off single.

On August 15th, he earned his first Mets win. It came in Atlanta in a 10-8 Mets win, breaking their four game losing streak after winning 14 of 15. 

In his next start he allowed just one run, but pitched just four innings, leaving the game early. On August 27th, the Cubs roughed him up for a pair of HRs & four runs, giving him his first Mets official loss. After a no decision at Philadelphia, the Phils roughed him up at Citi Field with four earned runs & ten hits in a 5-0 loss.

Although the Mets were to drop out of the wild card race, Stroman personally got himself adjusted & on track. On September 12th, he allowed just one run to Arizona, earning the victory as the Mets swept the d-backs in four games at Citi Field. 

On September 17th, he shut out the Rockies for seven innings in Colorado to earn his second straight win. After a no decision, he won his last start in the first game of a Mets series sweep of the Braves. It was the game Pete Alonso tied the rookie HR mark, a record he would break the next night.

Stroman closed out the year 10-13 with a 3.22 overall ERA. He struck out 159 & walked 58 in 184 innings in 32 starts. With the Mets he was 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 60 batters in 59.9 innings, with 23 walks. At the plate he is 1-21with two runs scored.

In his career, he is 51-47 with a 3.76 ERA, striking out 695 batters walking 244 in 849 innings in 146 games, 140 starts. At the plate he is a .105 hitter with a HR & an RBI.

Trivia: At six years old he was on the Nickelodeon game show, Figure It Out.

Stroman also has produced caps for New Era that feature his trademarks.

Stroman said he will give up his uniform #7 in honor of Jose Reyes & will don #0 in 2020.

Remembering Mets History: (1968) Ron Swoboda Slugs Seven April HRs

April 1968: On April 30th the Philadelphia Phillies (8-9) came to Shea Stadium to face Gil Hodges New York Mets (7-9). Hodges was ending his first month as Mets Manager & was still observing what he had to work with. Both teams were just under .500 but were hoping for good things, for the Mets they were one year away from that Miracle Season.

Tonight's game was a classic pitchers duel as the Mets Don Cardwell went on to a five hit shut out, walking no one while fanning three. It was his first win of the year against two early losses. His opponent was the Phillies Chris Short, Short pitched 7 innings & allowed just one run but that was all New York needed.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Ron Swoboda hit the game winning solo shot. It was Swoboda's 7th HR of the month, in which he had played in just 16 games. He also had collected 16 RBIs and was among the league leaders that early in the season.

In the second game of the 1968 season, the Mets visited San Francisco to play the Giants. In a great pitching matchup, Tom Seaver went up against Juan Marichal. 

The two Hall of Famers went at it, both  lasting eight innings. Seaver took a 4-2 lead into the 9th before running out of gas. The Giants Willie Mays singled & moved up on a passed ball, then scored on Jim Ray Harts base hit. Seaver was relieved by Danny Frisella and hits to Nate Oliver & Jesus Alou ended in a Mets loss.

The Mets hitting star of the day was Ron Swoboda. In the 1st Swoboda's RBI single started off the big day. Then in the 3rd inning with Ken Boswell & Tommie Agee on base, Swoboda cracked a long three run HR off Marichal into the windy San Francisco night. It was his 1st HR of the season & put New York up 4-0.

April 19th - April 21st 1968: This three day four game stretch for Swoboda was certainly a hot one. On April 19th he hit a solo HR off the Los Angeles Dodgers Claude Osteen, but the Mets went down 3-2.

The next day Tom Seaver & Bill Singer went at it, matching zeroes into the 6th inning. Bud Harrelson reached base for the Mets with a bunt single, and Art Shamsky later walked. Swoboda came up hitting a three run HR, his third of the year. The Mets went on to a 3-3 win behind Swoboda & Seaver.

Sunday April 21st was a classic double header matinee at Shea. The Dodgers took the first game but Swoboda remained hot, he hit a 4th inning two run HR off Dodger ace; Don Drysdale, in a five run Mets inning. A four run Dodger 8th & a two run 9th off Met pitchers Bill Short & Deick Selma ended in a 7-6 Met loss.

The Mets dropped the second game as well, but Swoboda stayed hot, hitting a 4th inning solo HR. He kept a five game hit streak in tact & had hit HRs in four straight games with seven RBIs.

On April 27th Swoboda hit another HR & drove in two more runs, although the Mets lost again, this time 5-3 at Cincinnati to the Reds.

 Unfortunately his hot streak ended & he would struggle the rest of the year. He would hit just 11 HRs with 59 RBIs in 132 games.

Apr 29, 2020

Remebering Mets History (2016) Mets Score Franchise Innings Record 12 Runs & Yoenis Cespedes 6 RBIs

Friday April 29th 2016: Terry Collins second place Mets (13-7) were riding a six game win streak as they entered a weekend series with Bruce Bochy's San Francisco Giants (12-11). A crowd of 39,764 settled in to Citi Field on chilly rainy evening.

The Mets were hot & tonight would erupt in total fire with a historic third inning. Steven Matz took the mound for New York & cruised along with six scoreless innings striking out four scattering seven hits getting his record to 3-1. Jerry Blevins allowed the only Giants run, Logan Verrett continued his good pitching with a scoreless 8th besting his ERA to 0.52. Hansel Robles mopped up.

Tonight marked the first time in six games that Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Mets line up after bruising his right leg.

The Mets got to Padre starter Jake Peavey with a historic third  inning, scoring 12 runs the most in franchise history. The Mets sent fifteen men to the plate collecting eight hits & four walks including a Cedpedes grand slam that set a Mets record for most RBIs in an inning.

Curtis Granderson & David Wright started out the inning with a walks. Michael Conforto then hit his tenth double of the year bringing in Granderson with the first run.

Yoenis Cespedes then drove a single to center field bringin in Wright & Conforto, making it 4-0 Mets. Lucas Duda then drew a walk, followed by a Neil Walker double off the right field wall. The Giants Bruce Bochy changed pitchers bringing in a gut destined to benefit the Mets -Mike Broadway!

Asdrubal Cabrera then doubled making it 6-0 Mets & the inning continued. Kevin Plawecki walked, Steven Matz went down on strikes. Granderson, who had led off the inning then singled, scoring Cabrera making it 7-0 Mets. David Wright then singled, next Michael Conforto delivered again, another with a base hit, scoring Plawecki making it 8-0.

The inning wasn't over yet, Yoenis Cespedes, the thirteenth Met to bat in the inning came up & made Mets history. Cespedes blasted an amazing memorable grand slam HR, sending the Citi Field crowd into a frenzy.

Cespedes set a Mets record with six RBIs in a single inning & totaled the Mets run output in the inning to 12, setting a franchise record, passing the previous 11 run inning set in 2006. Amazing.

Quotes: Terry Collins on Cespedes- "You just get used to him doing something big. And he came through again."

Cespedes now has seven HRs with 23 RBIs & is batting .313. How good does that signing look now?

Quotes: " I said it during Spring Training, a lot of fans are expecting me to do what I did last year. But my focus is just on doing my job and continuing to help the team."

Quotes: Terry Collins on the Mets Historic inning: "That's pretty amazing," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It was just one of those freaky things that you don't ever expect to have against a team as good as the Giants."

At this early point in time the Mets were just 1/2 game out of first place.

Remembering Mets History (1996): John Franco Earns 300th Save

Monday April 29, 1996: Dallas Green was still heading the New York Mets at this point, but would not last the season, as he would be replaced & the Bobby Valentine era would begin.

On this day the Mets (11-13) took on a Felipe Alou's very good Montreal Expo team (17-9) that would finish second in a period still without a wild card.

It was a milestone day for Mets reliever John Franco. The New York born pitcher became the first left handed reliever to record 300 saves.

Starting Lineups

In the home 3rd, Rey Ordonez doubled & was brought in by Mets All Star, Lance Johnson. 

After the Expos tied it, a Lance Johnson ground out scored Edgardo Alfonzo to put the Mets ahead 2-1. Jeff Kent doubled in another run putting the Mets ahead 3-1.
In the 8th, Mets relievers Doug Henry & Bob Macdonald surrendered a run to bring the game with in one. Henry gave up back to back singles & then a ground out by Henry Rodriguez scored the run. A typical small ball game was underway.

That set the stage for Franco, who came on in the 9th inning. He struck out Darin Fletcher & then surrendered a base hit to F.P. Santagello. He struck out Shane Andrews & then got Sherman Obando to fly out to end the game.

It was Franco's his fifth save of the year, and #300 of his career, the most ever by a left hander.

Pete Harnish got the win, Lance Johnson led the offensive attack with two hits and two RBIs.

The Brooklyn born John Franco would pitch in 51 games in 1996, going 4-3 with 28 saves and a solid 1.83 ERA. He would become the All Time Mets leader in saves with 276, and retire third on the All Time list with 424 saves. He is still first among left handed relievers.

Apr 28, 2020

"The Glider" Ed Charles: 1969 World Champion Mets Third Baseman (1967-1969)

Edwin Douglas Charles was born on April 29, 1933 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Charles grew up in a poor house in a family of nine children in the segregated south. He suffered the serious conditions of racism but overcame his hardships.

He was once a school drop out who later educated himself to earning a college degree later in life.

His childhood hero was Jackie Robinson who's Brooklyn Dodgers played Spring Training in Charles childhood town. He would follow Robinson out of the ballpark onto the team bus with the other black children in awe of their hero.

Quotes: Ed Charles on seeing the Brooklyn Dodgers train pulling away- “So now we’re walking down the platform, looking in the windows trying to see where Jackie was seated. Finally we come to the right coach, and there is Jackie, playing cards. We waved and, you know, he waved back to us. Then the train starts pulling out, and we start slowly walking with it, just waving to Jackie. The train picked up speed. We kept running and waving till the train got out of sight.Things like that, you know, I can recall so vividly,because they were very special moments in my life and in the life of the country. It was like the Messiah had come.”

The five foot nine inch, right hand hitting Charles worked hard to fight his struggles & excelled in baseball. He was eventually signed by the Boston Braves in 1952. He went off to military service during the Korean War from 1953-1955. When he returned he hit 19 HRs & batted .333 at Corpis Christie in the Big State League. Charles got to AAA for good by 1958 & spent four seasons there between Wichita, Louisville & Vancouver.

In 1961 he hot .305 with 13 HRs & 77 RBIs for the Mounties. Overall he spent eight seasons in the Braves farm system, unfortunately for Charles, the Braves had Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews locked up at the third base position. 

The Poet: Charles wrote poetry of his experiences with racism playing in the segregated South during the 1950's & also wrote poems having to due with baseball. He was eventually traded to the Kansas City A’s in 1962 along with Joe Azcue and Manny Jimenez for Lou Klimchock and future Bronx born New York Met, Bob Shaw.

He got a break getting traded to Kansas City, he was able to see playing time in a town rich in Negro League baseball history. He was one of the top players in Kansas City Athletics history during their brief existence.

Kansas City A's: In his 1962 rookie season he was already 29 years old, Charles had career highs in batting (.288) HRs (17) on base % (.356%) & stolen bases (20), fourth most in the league. 

At third base he was fourth in the league in fielding (.964%) fifth in put outs (145) & assists (285). He drove in 74 runs & had the honor of making the Topps All Star Rookie team as well.

In 1963 he hit .267 & was second on the club to Norm Siebern in HRs (15) . He had career highs in RBIs (79) runs scored (82) hits (162) & doubles (28). The Glider stole 15 bases (7th in the AL) posting a .395 on base %.

On the field he posted the leagues fifth best fielding % (.949). The next season his batting average fell to .241 but he still hit 16 HRs with 25 doubles & 63 RBIs. He was overshadowed by sluggers Rocky Colavito & Jim Gentile in the hitting department, although the Kansas City A’s still finished tenth in the AL.

In 1965 Charles played in 134 games and his power numbers dropped off to just eight HRs, as A's owner Charlie Finley moved the Municipal Stadium's fences back . The Glider had 19 doubles & 56 RBIs while batting .269.

In 1966 he improved his batting average to .286, playing in 118 games with 9 HRs 18 doubles 12 steals & 42 RBIs. By 1967 he lost his starting job to Danny Cater & a young Sal Bando was on the horizon just as the A’s were about to move to Oakland.

Charles was the odd man out & on May 10th 1967 he was traded to the New York Mets for Larry Elliot & $50,000 cash.

Mets Career: Ed Charles was 34 years old when he arrived in New York, the oldest player on a very young Mets team that needed a veteran.

He helped to cheer up a young Cleon Jones when he was down on himself, especially when the media said he wasn't giving his all. Charles also helped ease tension with some of the newest players making adjustments to young veterans like Ed Kranepool & Ron Swoboda.

Charles debuted with his Mets uniform #5 on May 12th 1967 in St. Louis, hitting an RBIs sac fly off former Met Al Jackson.

He became Known as “The Glider “because of his graceful base running and smooth fielding at third base. As he remembers he had made a diving stab at a ball & moments later Jerry Koosman came over to him saying ; "You sort of glide to the ball. That's it. You're The Glider from now on.'"

Charles got two hits that day & quickly took over the Mets third base spot. Ten days after his arrival he had a four hit day against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 Mets win at Shea, he would have another four hit day in August.

On June 9th the Glider hit his first Mets HR coming off the Giants Juan Marichal in an exciting Mets 8-7 Fourth of July victory. On June 26th Charles won the game with a walk off RBI single to beat Roy Face & the Pittsburgh Pirates.

For the season he hit .238 with a .319 on base %, 3 HRs 13 doubles 3 triples 32 runs scored & 31 RBIs. He played in 101 games & led the team in with seven hit by pitches (5th most in the NL) & six sacrifice hits (7th in the NL). At third he posted a .944 fielding % making 17 errors turning 16 double plays.

Mets Career: He was actually put on waivers at the end of the year but got invited back to Spring Training 1968. Through his hard work & determination he impressed new Mets manager Gil Hodges & made the ball club to go north.

In 1968 -the "Year of the Pitcher" Charles ended up being one of the team’s best hitters, leading the club in HRs (15) batting a solid .276.

Charles had 102 hits, with 11 doubles a .328 on base % and 53 RBIs. He also helped solve the Mets third base problem by playing a good defense, posting a .954 fielding % (5th best in the NL).

After a slow start batting just .180 through the start of May, he got hot. On May 2nd he hit a two run HR, helping Nolan Ryan to a three hit 3-0 shutout win. In his next game Charles hit another HR & drove in five runs leading the Mets to a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

On May 20th he hit two HRs while scoring both Mets runs in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also had a walk off HR that night off Bob Veale helping Jerry Koosman to a win.

The Glider began June with HRs in back to back games & then hit two more three days later at Wrigley Field leading the Mets to a 5-3 win. Charles would drive in three runs in the second game of a double header against the Dodgers leading the Mets to a 5-3 win.

He finished off an eleven game hit streak two days later with another three RBI day. His hitting continued through the summer, keeping his average above .300 into August before tailing off.

1969 World Championship Season: In the 1969 Championship season, Charles was now 36 years old, and the mentor of the ball club. He could remember back to two years ago when the younger guys would laugh after losing a game.

But now with Gil Hodges at the helm, they were playing serious baseball & a loss was no laughing matter. At the start of the season the Mets were hoping for Amos Otis to take over the position from Charles as the season went on, but that never worked out. Otis was a natural outfielder & the attempt of a transition was a mistake.

Charles ended up played against lefties in Gil Hodges platoon system, sharing time with a young Wayne Garrett.

In 52 games at third base he posted a .946 fielding % turning nine double plays. He struggled at the plate as his age caught up with him, he didn't get over the .200 mark until the end of June then struggled to stay there all year.

On May 31st he helped put the Mets ahead of the Giants with a three run HR off future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

He later added an insurance run, driving in all four Mets runs for the teams third straight win of an eleven game winning streak. On July 6th he hit a HR off the Pirates Luke Walker, tying the game helping lead New York to an eventual 8-7 win.

On September 24th 1969, he had one of the biggest moments of his career, hitting a HR off St. Louis’ Cardinals future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.

It was a two run shot helping the Mets win the game while clinching their first NL Eastern title at Shea Stadium, in front of 54,000 fans. It was the last regular season game of his career, as well as his last career HR. finally after eight losing seasons, Ed Charles played on a winning team.

Overall for the 1969 Amazing Mets, Charles appeared in 61 games, batting .207 with three HRs, eight doubles, one triple, four stolen bases & 18 RBIs in 169 at bats. But the Glider was more important to his team than the stats show, as many of the young players acknowledged his veteran leadership helped turn them into Champions.

1969 Post Season: In the postseason, he platooned at third base with Wayne Garrett in the usual situations. Charles didn't see any action in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves right-handed pitchers, but did get a chance to play in the World Series.

1969 World Series: Charles dream came true, as he played in four World Series games going 2-15, for a .133 average.

In Game #2 in the top of the 9th inning at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Charles hit the first of three consecutive singles off Orioles pitcher Dave McNally. When he was on first base, he got the steal sign and took off as Jerry Grote singled to right field, Charles then glided into third base.

He would come around to score the game’s winning run on Al Weis’ base hit in the next at bat. In the bottom of the 9th with a runner on first & two outs, Jerry Koosman was relieved by Ron Taylor.

Charles took an extra couple of steps toward the third base line, just as the Orioles Brooks Robinson pulled the ball exactly where Charles was able to scoop it up. His throw was low but Don Clendenon dug it out of the dirt for the last out, giving the Mets their first ever World Series game victory.

Charles went hitless in games three & four, but he was on the field for the final out of the Series in Game #5. The image of him leaping in the air, with a big smile on his face, behind Jerry Grote & Jerry Koosman, as the last out was recorded at Shea Stadium, is forever etched in time as the Mets' celebrated the World Championship.

In the club house he said “We’re #1 in the world & you just can't get any bigger than this”. He appeared with the team on the Ed Sullivan show & got to recite a poem he wrote in 1962 at the ticker tape parade celebration.

After the Championship: Following the World Series, the Mets released Charles, and he decided to go out a winner, retiring at the age of 36. Charles always remained a dignified gentleman and was a class act all the way.

In his eight year career he batted .263 with 917 hits, 86 HRs, 421 RBIs, 147 doubles, 30 triples, 86 stolen bases a .330 on base % & 438 runs scored in 1005 games played.

At third base he posted a .957 fielding % (94th all time) turning 165 double plays (He came in the top five in that stat three times in his career) making 122 errors in 942 games.

Mets Career: In three seasons with the Mets, the Glider played in 279 Mets games at third base (7th most All Time). He batted .249 with 21 HRs 32 doubles 94 runs scored 70 walks a .309 on base % & 102 RBIs.

Retirement: Soon after retirement he worked for promotions for Buddha Records which distributed the 1969 Amazing Mets album.

He got to meet his hero Jackie Robinson in 1972 in Manhattan while putting together a line of baseball novelties. He then went on to scout for the Mets through the 1985 season.

He is credited for signing & Mets relief pitcher Neil Allen.

Charity Works: Charles had worked with New York City’s Juvenile Justice Dept. helping kids in the Washington Heights section of the city as well as in the Bronx. “You’d see a kid trying to hurt himself, banging his head against the wall because somebody embarrassed him,” Charles said. “You’d see a kid who wouldn’t want to admit he can’t write. The department teaches us to pick up the phone and call for help.”

Charles was a frequent visitor at Shea Stadium, and Citi Field, as well as Spring Training, fantasy camps, and charity events.

In 2007 he joined Mrs. Jackie Robinson
along with Ralph Branca in honoring Robinson on the 50th anniversary of his breaking into the major leagues.

He made it a point to attend both Bob Murphy & Ralph Kiner Nights when they were honored at Shea Stadium.

Charles was at the closing ceremonies of Shea Stadium in 2008 and on hand at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the 1969 Amazing Mets in 2009.

Long after his retirement he still lived in New York City, was involved n many Mets related activities & said his only regret was not getting there sooner.

Passing: Charles passed away in March of 2018 at his home in East Elmhurst, Queens. He was 84 years old.