Ed Charles

Birthdate 04/29/1933
Death Date 3/15/2018
Debut Year 1962
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Mets
Position Third Base

Ed Charles was depicted in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Robinson served as inspiration for Charles for Major League Baseball & beyond.

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Absolutely amazing content regarding the social impact of Jackie Robinson

Absolutely amazing content regarding the social impact of Jackie Robinson

The content needs to be read to be believed. The letter, dated February 17, 1984 on New York Mets letterhead details Charles view of Jackie Robinson in a macro sense and to Charles personally.
Personal check made out to Chock Full O' Nuts

Personal check made out to Chock Full O' Nuts

Personal checks are an outstanding way to obtain an authentic autograph. Here Jackie Robinson writes a check on January 29, 1964. The check is make out to Chock Full O’ Nuts, a company that focused on hiring minority employees.
Original Associated Press wire photo announcing Jackie's death

Original Associated Press wire photo announcing Jackie's death

The image shows Jackie Robinson holding his Hall of Fame plaque at Cooperstown on July 23, 1962 when he was the first black or African American inducted. Heart disease took Robinson’s life on October 24,

A Story about Ed Charles

Jackie Robinson inspired future MLB player Ed Charles

June 15th, 2016

Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” By that measurement, Robinson’s life may be the most important the game of baseball has ever known. Though it’s easy to see the cultural impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the individual stories sometimes get lost in the bigger picture. For former Major Leaguer Ed Charles, Robinson emergence was a turning point, not only for the United States, but perhaps more importantly, for an entire segment of its population. “The emergence of Mr. Jackie Robinson as the first black to play modern day organized baseball had a monumental impact upon my life, and I’m sure, the lives of other Americans as well,” Charles wrote in a letter 1984. An eight-year big league veteran, Charles was aware of Robinson at an early age. Charles believed that Robinson’s impact was felt by the nation and its individuals. “Jackie represented to me, given the social climate of the nation at that time, hope, courage, and a new faith in a system that had been grossly neglectful of providing equal participation for its minority citizens,” Charles wrote. “His presence stirred me, as well as others, to redirect our goals […]

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