Original Met Clarence "Choo Choo" Coleman is from Orlando FL. He was signed by the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent in 1955. Choo Choo was drafted from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1961 expansion draft. He would play parts of three seasons for the Mets, hitting .205 in 415 at bats. But Choo Choo is more famous for his character and personality than his playing ability. Ralph Kiner once asked Choo Choo "What‘s your wife‘s name and what is she like?" Choo Choo replied "My wife‘s name is Mrs. Coleman and she likes me, bub." Roger Craig once said: "Choo Choo would give you the sign and then look down to see what it was." Choo Choo definitely has cemented a place in Mets folklore.
- Signed as an amateur free agent by Washington Senators (1955).
- Released by Washington Senators (1957).
- Signed by Los Angeles Dodgers (1959).
- Selected by Philadelphia Phillies from Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rule 5 major league draft (November 28, 1960).
- Selected by New York Mets from Philadelphia Phillies in the expansion draft (October 10, 1961).
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