Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/31/12
What comes to mind when I mention “1962?” Is it Casey Stengel’s fractured fairy tales? Is it Marvelous Marv and his unintentional hilarity in the environs of the first base bag? Is it sad-sack starter Roger Craig, a very good pitcher both before and after his Met tenure? Is it the sheer futile enormity of 40-120? When I think of the ’62 Mets, I think of all this, but first, I think of Clarence “Choo Choo” Coleman. Legend has told us that the speedy backstop – always carrying the disclaimer “for a catcher” – appeared to be a semi-literate, taciturn fella, whose way with a malaprop and a convoluted sentence could rival Rickey Henderson, or – dare I say it? – Casey, himself. Apparently terrible with names, he called everybody “Bub.” He bunked with second baseman Charlie Neal for the entire 1962 season and in spring training 1963, Neal challenged him to recall his erstwhile roommate’s name. “I know you,” Mr. Coleman reputedly replied, “You number four.” The unique Ch
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