Charles played eight seasons in the majors (1962-1969), including the final 2 1/2 seasons with the Mets. A native of Queens, Charles was nicknamed “The Glider.” In 279 games with the Mets, Charles batted .249.
Former Mets teammate Ron Swoboda told the New York Times:
“Ed Charles was this guy, you wanted to sit on his knee and hear how he made it. He had a physical and emotional grace that most of us didn’t seem to feel. He would say, ‘Don’t wrestle with what looks like complexity.’ ”
The Mets organization released a statement on Friday saying, “Ed Charles, our beloved Glider and Poet Laureate of the 1969 Mets, was one of the kindest and warmest people ever to be a Met,” the club said in a statement. “His essays and poems inspired his teammates to the improbable World Series championship. With Jackie Robinson as his role model, Ed perpetuated a legacy of making a positive impact on other people’s lives.”
- New York Times: Ed Charles, infield sage of the Miracle Mets, is dead at 84
- New York Post: Mets’ beloved 1969 champion Ed Charles dead at 84
- New York Daily News: Ed Charles, member of 1969 ‘Miracle Mets’ World Championship team, dead at 84
We happened to be sitting near him during a long ago game at Shea,and he could not have been https://t.co/0YBF6idFj4,Sir.Thanks for everything.
— Donna (@daffi515) March 16, 2018
I’ll never forget that last out. No disrespect to David, but The Glider was the original No. 5.
— Gene Killian (@genethelawyer) March 16, 2018
Another sad day. I loved The Glider. RIP Mr. Charles.
— Judy K (@baseballgods16) March 16, 2018
We’ll never forget the “GLIDER”.
— BROWNSTONE GUY (@BrownstoneGuy) March 16, 2018
RIP Ed Charles and thank you. Obit is a lovely tribute from George Vecsey. https://t.co/Y0K0I4T8YI
— Karendipitee (@Karendipitee) March 16, 2018
The Mets offer their condolences on the passing of Ed Charles, “beloved Glider and Poet Laureate of the 1969 Mets” … “one of the kindest and warmest people ever to be a Met.” Charles was 84.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 16, 2018