ED CHARLES DIES, FANS REACT

Mets lose another member of the 1969 World Series champs

Ed Charles, a member of the 1969 New York Mets World Series champions, passed away today. He was 84 years old.

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.”

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