RIP: The Glider

RIP: The Glider

by Tim Reilly March 16, 2018 0 Comments

On Thursday, Ed “The Glider” Charles died at the age of 84. Charles played for the Mets from 1967-69, and served as platoon third baseman on the “Miracle Mets” team that won it all in ’69.

Jerry Koosman is credited with giving Charles his nickname for how smoothly he would glide to the ball at the hot corner. Though he was known for his glove, Charles once appeared on Kiner's Korner after hitting a home run off Juan Marichal and told Ralph Kiner that the pitch he knocked out of the park was a slider. From there, Kiner’s broadcast partner, Bob Murphy, coined the phrase: “Never throw a slider to The Glider.”

Charles’ legacy goes far beyond his play on the field. He was a beloved figure not only with the Mets, but throughout baseball.

The last game Charles ever played was Game 5 of the ’69 World Series, when the Mets secured the franchises first championship. What a way to go out.

George Vescey wrote a touching piece on Charles’ life for the New York Times that I highly recommend reading. RIP, Ed. Thanks for the memories.




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