Charles Joseph Hiller (October 1, 1934 – October 20, 2004) was an American professional baseball player, coach and manager.
Born in Johnsburg, Illinois, Hiller attended the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1957. He began his major league career in 1961 with the San Francisco Giants. On October 8, 1962, Hiller hit the National League's first grand slam in World Series history in Game 4 of the 1962 World Series against the New York Yankees, off left-handed relief pitcher Marshall Bridges. Primarily a second baseman, Hiller hit .243 with 20 home runs in 2121 games over eight major league seasons.
Hiller served as a coach under Whitey Herzog with the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, and also spent brief terms in the post with the San Francisco Giants and the Mets. Hiller also served the Mets as a longtime minor league manager and instructor. Hiller died at age 70 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
By Dean Hanley
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