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Chuck Hiller
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 310 of 982 players
Hiller
Charles Joseph Hiller
Born: October 1, 1934 at Johnsburg, Ill.
Died: October 20, 2004 at St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 5.11 Weight: 170

2b 3b of
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  • Coach 1990

First Mets game: May 18, 1965
Last Mets game: July 7, 1967





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Al
November 24, 2001
I remember when the Metsies traded for this guy, I thought "Man now we'll go places!" Of course, I was 10 at the time. If I recall this guy's Topps card correctly, he sort of looked like a thinner Joe Besser of Three Stooges fame. Figures. Third string Stooge... third string Met.

Alan
January 19, 2002
In the 1962 World Series, Chuck hit a grand slam HR off of Marshall Bridges at Yankee Stadium...I remember watching it on TV. Many years later, when he coached for the Mets, I spoke to him outside at Shea..thanked me for remembering and told me that playing with Willie Mays on the Giants was a great experience. Good guy, but couldn't field very well as I recall.

Bob Anthony
November 27, 2002
Decent hitter, no glove. Known as "Dr. No" for no hands.

Fred Of Nyack
March 18, 2003
Very good hitter and an even better pinch hitter. His grand slam as a San Francisco Giant in 1962 was remarkably the first National League Grand Slam in a World Series game. The second came two years later in 1964 also against the Yankees by another 1966 Met Ken Boyer. When Hiller played second in 1966 in place of Ron Hunt (oft injured) next to Dick Stuart they became possibly the two worst fielding right side ever. Once he pinch hit in the middle of a game and stayed in which made Ron Hunt have to move over to shortstop for the only time in his big league career.

Ed K
October 23, 2004
In addition to his playing days, Chuck served as Met 3B coach in 1990 and as Strawberry's first minor league manager at Kingsport in 1980. I went to one of their games that year to see Strawberry.

As for Hiller's playing time, he was not a bad hitter as a lefty platoon player at 2B. But you had to laugh at his fielding in order to avoid crying about it. In 1966, Chuck and Dick Stuart formed the most defensively challenged right side of an infield in Met history. Stuart passed away in 2002 and Chuck passed away this week. I hope when they met at the Pearly Gates, they didn't drop the keys.

pete hamner
September 22, 2007
Played for Chuck in 75 in Marion, Va. Rookie ball. I was an infielder at the time. We were working on turning the double play and Chuck was telling me about not letting the runner intimidate me. He told me he'd buy me a steak dinner if I ever hit a runner in the helmet with the ball. Chuck was a no-nonsense manager. I wasn't very good and didn't play a lot, but I remember him as being fair with me. I was sad to hear of his death

david lozano
March 9, 2009
Wonderful coach and just a great guy. He would not have lasted in the game that long if he did not have the knowledge or character to be a great guy.

Feat Fan
May 7, 2009
July 4 1966. Pirates are in town and my dad and I watch Hiller taking fly balls in LF before the game. He drops a routine pop and my dad yells "Scraphands" which turned out to be a nickname that Giant fans hung on him when he played 2b out there.

Jack Pesserilo
May 19, 2009
As documented Hiller was not a good fielder. I remember a story during a game when the Mets were playing the Cubs. While changing sides between innings Ron Santo yells at Chuck, "Hey Chuck! Did you get the key I sent you?" He answers, "What key?" Santo says, "The key to unlock your hands." I believe it was a NYC columnist that wrote that quip.

Frank S
August 11, 2009
I remember him being called "Iron Hands."

DJ
April 15, 2010
"Abner" was a nickname of Chuck's, and a smart, intelligent gritty ballplayer he was. He was close with Jimmy Davenport from the Giants and when Jimmy managed the Gints in 84, I believe Chuck was a coach for the Cards. When they came to town one Saturday afternoon, Jimmy invited me, Chuck and then Giants GM Tom Haller to his home after the game for a barbecue. What a dream it was for me discussing the day's game with the manager, gm and opposing coach! Sadly, the Giants lost over 100 games that season and both Jimmy - peanut and Haller-Moose were gone, to be replaced by Al Rosen, Roger Craig and soon Will Clark's team. Oh but what memories!









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