Born: 5/11/1903 in Fowlerville, Michigan
Died: 1/21/1993 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Major League Career: 1924-42
Games Played at Second Base: 2,206
Most Games Played For: Detroit Tigers
Photo via BASEBALL'S BLACK HERITAGE
Charlie Gehringer was a Michigan man from cradle to grave. He went to college in Ann Arbor and spent his entire Major League career with the Tigers. He earned a reputation for quiet dependability. Said player-manager Mickey Cochrane: "Charlie says 'hello' on Opening Day, 'goodbye' on closing day, and in between hits .350."
Gehringer was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1949. The Tigers retired his number (#2) in 1983. In 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked him as the third greatest athlete ever to come out of the state of Michigan, behind Joe Louis and Magic Johnson.
For last year's A-Z Challenge, I featured players of the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns organization, my favorite baseball team. I managed to cover every position on the field except for one: second baseman. As such, I decided to devote this year's challenge entirely to the second base position, honoring the individuals who earned their keep playing one of the game's most demanding defensive positions.
Head on over to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge to find others joining the adventure.
Be sure to visit my new friends:
Stacy S. Jensen
Choice City Native