Charlie Neal

Charlie Neal

Charlie Neal
Second baseman
Born: (1931-01-30)January 30, 1931
Longview, Texas
Died: November 18, 1996(1996-11-18) (aged 65)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1956, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1963, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .259
Home runs 87
Runs batted in 391
Career highlights and awards

Charles Lenard Neal (January 30, 1931 – November 18, 1996) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1950, and won the 1959 World Series after the team moved to Los Angeles. He hit two home runs in Game 2 of the Series, at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

Neal had a tremendous season in 1959. He had 177 hits with 19 home runs and 17 stolen bases, led the league in sacrifice hits and triples, won a Gold Glove at second base, played in the All-Star Game and earned a championship ring, hitting .370 in the six-game World Series victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The attendance on Oct. 6, 1959 for Game 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was 92,706, which continues to be the largest crowd in World Series history.

After the 1961 season, the Dodgers traded him to the New York Mets for outfielder Lee Walls and cash. Neal ended up playing for the Mets' '62 expansion team that lost 120 games, most by a team in a single season since the 19th Century. He was in the inaugural Met starting lineup on April 11, 1962 at St. Louis, batting third, going 3-for-4 and getting the first RBI in the team's history.

Neal remained a Met until a trade July 1, 1963 to the Cincinnati Reds. After he hit just .156 for the rest of that season, Neal was released by the Reds in spring training of 1964, his career over at age 33.

He played in two World Series, also batting four times for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 Series. Neal started at second base in Game 3, a 5-3 loss to pitcher Whitey Ford and the New York Yankees, before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 73,977, largest of that series and still one of the 10 biggest crowds in World Series history.

Born in Longview, Texas, he died in Dallas of heart failure at age 65.

See also

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)