Charlie Gilbert – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Jesuit High School/MLB
Charlie Gilbert was a three-sport standout at Jesuit High School in the 1930s, earning all-prep in baseball, basketball and track. He also served as captain of both the baseball and basketball teams.
In 1932, he led his team to the American Legion World Series and was recognized as the nation’s outstanding player. Then in 1936, he was selected as the National High School Baseball Player of the Year.
Gilbert debuted in the Major Leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 after hitting .317 and making the Southern Association All-Star team with the Nashville Vols in 1939.Despite not being a power-hitter, in his third MLB game, on April 23, 1940, he belted a pair of home runs against the Boston Bees in an 8-3 win at Ebbets Field.
He played one year with Brooklyn, four with the Chicago Cubs (1941-43, 1946) and one year with the Philadelphia Phillies (1947). He spent 1944 and 1945 serving in the United States Navy.
For his career, he appeared in 364 Major League games primarily as a center fielder, batting .229 with five home runs, 109 runs scored and 55 runs batted in.
The son of Larry Gilbert, another Major Leaguer and Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer, Charlie was born July 8, 1919. He died August 13, 1983 at the age of 64. His younger brother Tookie also played in the Major Leagues.