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Overview (5)

Born in Fowlerville, Michigan, USA
Died in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA  (complications from a stroke)
Birth NameCharles Leonard Gehringer
Nickname The Mechanical Man
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charlie Gehringer was born on May 11, 1903 in Fowlerville, Michigan, USA as Charles Leonard Gehringer. He was married to Josephine. He died on January 21, 1993 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Spouse (1)

Josephine (18 June 1949 - 21 January 1993) (his death)

Trivia (14)

Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.
Won an American League MVP in 1937.
Played second base for the Detroit Tigers (1924-1942).
Named the greatest living second baseman in 1969.
Served in the Navy during WWII for three years.
Served as the Tiger general manager (1951-1953) and vice-president (1951- 1959).
He missed his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 13, 1949 because he was being married five days later. Gehringer remained a bachelor throughout his career because his widowed mother was a diabetic and he felt he should take care of her. Only after her death did he marry.
He had such a quiet nature that when he was presented a set of right-handed golf clubs as a gift in 1929, he learned to play the game right-handed rather than ask for a replacement.
In 1929, led the American League in runs scored (131), hits (215), doubles (45), triples (19), stolen bases (27), and fielding percentage for second basemen (.975).
Led the American League in fielding percentage for second basemen seven times: 1929 (.975), 1930 (.979), 1935 (.985), 1936 (.974), 1937 (.986), 1939 (.977), and 1941 (.982).
Made major league debut on 22 September 1924.
Great-uncle of Linda Gehringer.
Inducted into the Greater Lansing [Michigan] Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Inducted into the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class).

Personal Quotes (3)

"Why use seven letters when four will do?" - on why he signed his name 'Chas. Gehringer'
Not true; if somebody asked me a question, I would answer them. If they said, 'Pass the salt,' I would pass the salt. - on his reputation for never speaking
I'm known around baseball as saying very little, and I'm not going to spoil my reputation. - his entire speech at a civic banquet in his honor

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