Charles Gipson

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2002 Topps Total #369 Charles Gipson

Charles Wells Gipson, Jr.
(Super Charles)

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Utility man Charles Gipson was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 63rd round of the 1991 Amateur Draft. His father Charles Gipson Sr. played in the minors.

In the history of Major League Baseball (through 2006), only seven non-pitchers have played at least 100 games and have more games played in their career then they have plate appearances; Gipson leads this group in plate appearances with 358, in 373 games played.

Despite being mostly a defensive replacement and pinch runner, Gipson was a fan favorite during his time in Seattle. Fans admired his heart and hustle, marveled at his speed, versatility and acrobatic diving attempts at fly balls while playing the outfield, earning him the nickname "Super Charles."

Gipson ended his professional baseball career after the 2005 season, where he split time with the Houston Astros and their AAA affiliate Round Rock Express.

My whole life, I've been blessed with baseball and meeting great people, and I just felt the urge to give back and to do something different. I wanted to do something different that wasn't selfish, and I wanted to totally go out on the limb. I wanted to be in that area to support our troops and our government as much as we could.

2006 saw him in Iraq and Afghanistan with a private contracting company, working directly with the military and also with the government. Today, works as a behavior specialist in a Spring, TX high school.

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