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Charlie Neal
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 250 of 974 players
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Charles Lenard Neal
Born: January 30, 1931 at Longview, Tex.
Died: November 18, 1995 at Dallas, Tex.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 165

Charlie Neal was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 9, 2013.

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First Mets game: April 11, 1962
Last Mets game: June 30, 1963





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CJ
August 25, 2001
I did not know that Charlie Neal had passed! I was a fan of his when he was with the Dodgers. What did he die of?

I thought he was a great second baseman.

Loren
August 2, 2002
Best double-play combination on the 62 Mets was Neal at shortstop and Kanehl at second base, which is what I often use in Strat-o-matic games. Neal was their best secondbaseman and shortstop.

My memory is fading, but I think the 62 Mets may have lead the league in defensive double plays (always someone on base against the Mets when a batter hit a ground ball).

mets
June 7, 2003
I think the Mets acquired Charlie Neal from the Dodgers for Lee Walls. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. I recall he wore number 4 with the Mets. He had some injuries with the Dodgers but was as steady a player as one could find on the 62 Mets.

Kiwiwriter
July 13, 2004
Dick Schaap said that with the Dodgers, Neal was "quick, exciting and able." With the Mets, he was "quick and exciting." Two out of three weren't bad.

I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Steven Gallanter
August 3, 2004
I have vague memories of reading somewhere that Neal seemingly lost all of his defensive ability at once thus making it expedient for the Dodgers to expose him too the expansion draft.

Is there anyone out there who can confirm whether this is the same Charlie Neal who reported sports on BET?

VIBaseball
November 24, 2006
Charlie's passing was a result of heart failure, according to his obit in the New York Times. Although he is not listed in my Negro Leagues encyclopedia, there are accounts on the Net suggesting that he played there briefly in 1955. The other Met vet of the Negro Leagues was apparently Choo Choo Coleman.

Choo Choo
December 6, 2006
Willie Mays and George Altman also played in the Negro Leagues.

Steven Gallanter
January 30, 2013
Is this the Charlie Neal who had a sports show on BET around 89-91?

Mr. Roboto
February 11, 2013
Steven, the Charlie Neal at BET started working for ESPN in 2005. The Mets player of the same name passed away in 1995.

In 1959, Neal played for the World Series winning Dodgers. He had a stolen base in Game 1 of that Series, which his team lost to the White Sox, 11-0. Still, Charlie's stolen base was the thing shown on a baseball card for that game in Topps' World Series subset the following year. I wonder what the people at Topps were thinking about when they put out that card. Didn't they notice the game's result?

Charlie led the Mets with nine triples in 1962. Each one came in a different game. The Mets lost eight of them.









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