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Former Kansas City 3rd baseman Ed Charles passed away on March 15, 2018 at the age of 84.  Charles whose nicknames included “The Glider” and “Poet”, was born in Daytona Beach, FL and was inspired to become a professional baseball player when at 13 years old saw Brooklyn Dodgers minor league player Jackie Robinson on a train.  Ed was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1952 and spent 10 seasons in the minor leagues for the Braves before being traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1961.  Charles was a part of the trade package along with Joe Azcue and many Jimenez that came to KC in exchange for Lou Klimchock and Bob Shaw.  In his rookie season in 1962, Ed batted .288 with 17 home runs and 74 RBI’s and also stole 20 bases.  Charles played for the Kansas City Athletics from 1962-1967, and then was traded to the New York Mets where he played three seasons, leading the Met’s in home runs in 1968 and then helped New York to an improbable World Series victory of the Baltimore Orioles.  In the series Charles played third base appearing in 4 of the 5 games and collecting a World Series ring.  After his playing career ended in 1969, Ed served as a scout for the Mets, and did some coaching.  He also worked with at-risk youth in group homes located in the Bronx.  The KCBHS remembers Ed Charles!

The KCBHS was saddened to hear of the passing of former Kansas City Athletics outfielder Manny Jimenez on December 11, 2017.  Jimenez was born in San Pedro de Macoris in 1938 and was originally signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1958.   After the 1961 season he was traded along with Ed Charles and Joe Azcue to the Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Lou Klimchock and Bob Shaw.  He played for the Athletics from 1962 through 1966, and then went to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he played in 1967 and 1968.  His major league career ended in 1969 when he appeared in 6 games with the Chicago Cubs.  Manny was a fan favorite among A’s fans.  After his playing career he lived in New York City.

 

 

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On January 26, 2018 the KCBHS hosted an autograph event with former Kansas City Royals 2nd baseman Cookie Rojas.  Cookie greeted fans and signed autographs at MO Sports in Liberty, MO. Rojas played with the Royals from 1970 through 1977.

Freddie Patek was the guest of the KCBHS for an autograph event on March 28, 2018.  Patek played shortstop for the Royals from 1971 through 1979.  Mo Sports in Liberty MO played host for this event which was attended by KCBHS members and guests of MO Sports.


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