Former New York Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was indicted on charges that he criminally possessed nearly $2.3 million worth of game-used memorabilia — including signed jerseys, bats and baseballs — that belonged to the Mets organization, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Wednesday.
Samuels stockpiled 507 signed and unsigned jerseys, 304 hats, 828 bats, 22 batting helmets and 10 equipment bags, Brown said. Officials recovered the collectibles at a friend’s basement in Madison, Conn.
Samuels served as the Mets’ equipment manager since 1983 and began his career with the team in 1976. He later added the title of clubhouse manager and secretary to his job description. Samuels, a 53-year-old resident of Avrerne, Queens, was suspended without pay by the team after the investigation was revealed.