American baseball player, Ed Charles, Died at 84


Edwin Douglas Charles was born on April 29, 1933, and died on March 15, 2018.

He was an American professional baseball third baseman in Major League Baseball.

He was a right-handed hitter, Charles played for the Kansas City Athletics (1962–67) and New York Mets (1967–69).

Charles was listed as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 170 pounds (77 kg).

He was originally signed by the Boston Braves in 1952.

Charles spent eight seasons in the Braves’ farm system in the still-segregated Deep South, during which he wrote poetry concerning baseball and racism.

Because he was longtime All-Star Eddie Mathews at third base, the Braves traded Charles to the Kansas City Athletics prior to the 1962 season with Joe Azcue and Manny Jiménez for Lou Klimchock and Bob Shaw.

He died at 84 years old.