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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 181 of 984 players
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Edwin Douglas Charles
Born: April 29, 1933 at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 170

Ed Charles was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on October 14, 2013.

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First Mets game: May 12, 1967
Last Mets game: October 16, 1969





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Richard Kissel
"The Glider". The poet laureate of baseball. Spent 9 years in the minors. He savored the 1969 season and was the team's on the field "godfather". His home run in the clinching game was great. I can still see him circling the bases, clapping his hands together. He retired after the 1969 season and went to work for Buddha Records, who had put out a record celebrating the Mets World Series win. I ran into him on the Grand Concourse, near Fordham Road in the Bronx, and he was nice as can be. Two years ago I saw him again and he was just as nice.

Dr. Barry
May 16, 2002
My memories of Ed Charles surround my admiration for his grace and dignity as a player. I remember in 1968 the way the Mets used him against lefthanders, and he wore them out. The impression he left on me resulted in me trying as a boy to emulate his unique gliding running style that resulted in his nickname "The Glider." To this day you will see me at Shea wearing my Mets Jersey with the name Charles on the back. Thanks for the great memories, Glider!

Howard Liverance
June 7, 2002
I was 13 when they won it all in '69. Anyway, not only did Mr. Charles personally respond to my fan letter then but he also enclosed copies of two poems, "The Dying Souls" and something like "An Athlete's Prayer". Both would end up in a high school presentation down the road and my English teacher was thrilled that someone would bring in works by a black poet. Little did she know that the black poet was also one of my favorite ballplayers! What a nice man. Still have the personally inscribed photo but have no idea where the poems went.

James Caldwell
September 11, 2002
I received the same poems when I mailed in an autograph, along with a personally signed and inscribed photo. I was impressed at the time (I was 11 or 12 when I got them), and as the years go by, it seems even more incredible. Can ANYONE imagine any kind of professional athelete doing something like that now? I have had a handful of "more favorite" Mets, but this man had to be the nicest, classiest player they ever had.

dp
September 12, 2002
I remember a picture of the Glider when he was with Charly Finley's lowly KC A's riding a donkey onto the field in some kind of Finley promotional stunt. Loved his decision to retire after 69. How could he have topped that?

Steve Green
November 13, 2002
The magic of teamwork.....

Weren't Ed Charles and Wayne Garrett from the same general area of Daytona Beach FL? The idea of a platoon at third base between the two in magical 1969 must've GUARANTEED that they should've been beer buddies long into the future.

True, Charles and Garrett were several generations' disparate in age, but as a Mets fan I have to think these guys had to've been thrust into a local spotlight after 1969; a very deserved share of wonderment and reminisce in that post season.

Does anyone have any onfo about the Daytona Beach reaction immediately following that season?

Bob R.
January 6, 2003
Loved the Glider. How many people remember that he led the Mets in home runs in '68....with just 15! And three of them were pinch hits, too. Ed was coming to the end of his career when he joined the Mets, but he became the heart and soul of that team. He had a huge hit in the ninth inning of the second game of the '69 World Series that helped the Mets tie the Series. My memory isn't that he decided to retire after '69 but rather was released by the Mets. Oh well, whatever. Lots of people will fondly remember this journeyman player for his contributions to a miracle team.

johnmn55
January 23, 2003
Not to throw cold water on everyone's fond memories of the Glider, but after the Mets released him when he was clearly washed up, he took it badly and grumbled to the press, even though, due to his popularity, the Mets offered him a public relations job, which they certainly don't do for most guys.

Steven Gallanter
March 27, 2003
I remember waiting outside of the players' exit with my brother and parents in 1969. My folks thought asking for autographs was tacky but I did want to see the players.

Ed Charles was carrying a handicapped kid with a great deal of tenderness yet took the time to say hello to everyone. I also recall seeing Eddie Yost and Joe Pignatano in street clothes.

His 1968 Strat-O-Matic card was pretty good as I recall.

Feat Fan
June 19, 2004
One of my favorite ballplayers going back to the KC A's. I remember that he was super fast, good glove and had some pop. Related to former boxer Ezra Charles.

Paid his dues after a long minor league career, he might have played a bit in the Negro Leagues.

Always had a decent Strat card 3b-3 Steal B run 1-15

How do I remember these things?

Why?

Rob R.
May 9, 2005
Always loved the motto that related to Ed Charles. Don't know who gave it to him, but it must have been said on the TV or radio a number of times since it is burned into my memory: "Don't throw a slider to the Glider."

Roscoe Bernard
November 23, 2005
"The Glider". What a perfect nickname. September 1969, the clinching game vs St. Louis. Gentry pitches a 6-0 shutout, Torre hits into a game ending double play. Clendenon homers in the 1st inning, and so did Ed Charles. I was 9 years old and my mother, not realizing the utmost importance of the game, had me take out the garbage. I returned to the TV just in time to see The Glider rounding third, big smile, hands clapping. I see that in my mind today like I'm still 9 years old.

Jonathan Stern
December 1, 2005
The Mets treated the Glider poorly after 1969 as documented by Maury Allen's book. Maybe his numbers did not warrant special treatment, but his intangibles probably did, not to mention his fine 1968 performance. Then again, the Mets have treated most of their players poorly over the years. Charles looked glum as he sang "You Gotta Have Heart" with the guys on Ed Sullivan's show after the series (he probably knew at that point that his career was over), but has seemed pleasant enough wherever else I have seen him.

Bob R
December 1, 2005
I'll always remember that huge hit he had in the '69 World Series. Baltimore won the first game, and it was tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth of the second game. Charles got a clutch single to keep the inning going, and then Al Weis delivered the go-ahead run with another single. Then in the bottom of the inning, Charles assisted on the final putout, and the Mets were on their way to 4 straight wins! The Mets released him after the season and his career was over, but everybody was so happy he could end his long baseball career with a World Series championship. A nice man, from what I've heard.

Avis Hirsch McCoy
February 22, 2006
I was a senior in high school when I met Ed during spring training. He was the nicest, kindest man I ever met. He took it upon himself to look out for me one evening when I was mailing a letter.

We began a friendship writing letters to each other, and when I came to a game, he would always chat with me for a few minutes during batting practice. (You could do that back in those days). We corresponded for my first 3 years of college and then lost touch. 20 years later, we became reaquainted and still keep in touch.

When he played at Fantasy Camp we would visit with him, and he gave my son the opportunity to be a batboy. I got the luxury of sitting in the dugout with some of the '69 Mets as well.

We visited with him when we went to NY last summer. My children are fortunate enough to experience his friendship and wisdom as well.

Sheila A.
August 19, 2006
I remember, during Ed Charles' time with the Mets, learning that he had a son who had cerebral palsy. The little boy (his name may have been Eric) was going to have surgery, I think on his ankles, to make it easier for him to stand. My children asked if we could send Eric something he could play with during his recovery and we settled on Matchbox cars. We bought a bunch and sent them to Mr. Charles in care of the Mets. We got back a really nice personal thank-you letter and we have always remembered him with great affection. I wonder if his son has done well.

senorortiz
December 6, 2006
Something that I find very interesting about this board is there are a few players, Charles being one of them, who stat wise were not outstanding players but were to everybody's recollections Hall of Fame human beings. Nobody mentioned that he is a bum because he hit .207 in 1969. This is what makes Mets fans special. I met him briefly as a kid twice at various autograph sessions. You can tell immeditely he loved people and his duration with the Mets.

Mike B
December 9, 2006
I second that opinion. Ed Charles was a very good ball player and is a great human being. Very humble, down to earth and warm. It was a pleasure getting "The Glider"'s autograph today. HOF for sure.

nymetmj
July 2, 2007
Just met Mr. Charles yesterday. What a thrill. I had a 1968 Met yearbook and he signed both pictures in the book. He was wearing a tee shirt with the words "Glider" on it and just found out on this site what it meant.

He still goes to Shea to watch the games, and on occasion participates in the Fantasy Camp.

He is now the caretaker of his 93 year old Aunt who looked after him when he first came to New York. He gave me a commemorative sheet about Jackie Robinson where he wrote a wonderful poem.

He is a gracious, kind person and wish him Good Health and Happiness forever.

Thanks Ed for the priviledge of meeting you.

Feat Fan
November 25, 2007
Classy on and off the field. Wonderful poet and what all young players should aspire to be. Had a few good seasons in KC playing alongside guys like Causey, Siebern, Lumpe, Campaneris et al. Got here in '67 and had a good '68 busting 15 home runs in part time duty. Earned the nickname "Glider" with style and grace. Cousin of former boxing champion Ezra Charles.

Bill Goglas
March 30, 2008
To Coach Ed,

Your Friend Billy from Texas sends you all the best. Everytime I think of you my heart is always warmed for having the pleasure to spending the week with you as my coach and friend at the 2006 Mets Fantasy Camp and in New York at the Golf outing for my customers.

You are a Very Special Person and one that I will always look to when I need to be lifted.

All my Love and respect,

Billy

Joe Figliola
December 19, 2008
Man, was he stylin' or what at Shea's last game?! Loved the cane that he was strutting with, too!

Stu Baron
April 27, 2013
I recently saw "42" and the film has a neat Mets connection. In one scene, Jackie tosses a ball to an admiring young boy as the Montreal Royals train is leaving the station. At the end of the film, the boy is identified as none other than Ed Charles!









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