Jun 26, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1968): The Glider Has Two Big Days Against the Chicago Cubs

Saturday May 4th 1968: A She Stadium crowd of 14,214 came out for a matinee game where Gil Hodges Mets (9-10) hosted Leo Durocher's Chicago Cubs (9-12).

The Mets Dick Selma would go up against the Cubs Ken Holtzman. It would be the biggest day for Ed Charles in his Mets career as he drove in five runs, with a HR helping the Mets to a 7-3 victory.

Starting Lineups

The Mets scored first as Cleon Jones drove home Phil Linz. The Cubs went ahead with Randy Hundley's two run HR. In the home 3rd, Holtzman got wild, walking Linz, Greg Goossen & hitting Jerry Grote with a pitch. He was removed from the game & Jack Lamabe came in & served up a bases loaded walk to Ed Charles.

 In the 5th inning, The Glider Ed Charles came to bat with the bases loaded once again. This time he drove a single up the middle scoring Ron Swoboda & Greg Goossen putting the Mets up 4-2.

In the 7th, Charles connected for a two run HR, his third HR in the young season. He finished the day with a HR, two hits, a walk, five RBIs & a run scored. Charles had homered the day before, a two run shot helping Nolan Ryan (seven innings) & Ron Taylor (two innings)  to a 3-0 shut out over the Phillies.

Thursday June 6th 1968: Gil Hodges Mets (23-27) were playing good ball showing early signs of what was to come in 1969. On this day they were at Wrigley Field in Chicago in front of 5,858 fans to take on the Cubs (25-26). Once again it was Dick Selma vs Ken Holtzman & once again it was another big Ed Charles day.

In the top of the 3rd, with Jerry Grote aboard, Ed Charles lifted  a two run HR over the Ivy putting the Mets up 2-0. Greg Goossen added an RBI double making it 3-0. The Cubs got a run on Ron Santo's HR.

In the 5th inning, Charles "The Glider" led off with another HR, making it 4-1. A Tommie Agee triple then scored Gooosen who had walked. The Cubs came close but the Mets won it 5-3 as Ron Taylor got the save.

Ed Charles would lead the 1968 Mets in HRs with 15. He would have just one other game; May 20th 1968 in his three year Mets career, where he would hit multiple HRs in a game. For 1968 Charles was third in RBIs (53) & second in slugging (.434%) on the Mets team.

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