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Charlie Gehringer

Charles Leonard Gehringer
The Mechanical Man
Born: 5/11/1903 in Fowlerville, MI USA
Died: 1/21/1993 in Bloomfield Hills, MI USA
Bats: L   Throws: R
Height: 5.9   Weight: 180 lb.
Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1924 — 1942

1934 American League Champion
1935 World Series Champion
1937 American League Most Valuable Player
1940 American League Champion
1949 Baseball Hall of Fame
Detroit Tigers jersey #2

PRIMARY POSITION

2B

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#2   Al Kaline
#3   Charlie Gehringer
#4   Lou Whitaker
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

Gehringer was famously called “The Mechanical Man” because he made everything look so automatic. He led his league in no fewer than eight different offensive categories during his career: batting, hits, runs scored, doubles, triples, stolen bases, plate appearances, and games played.

Among all of the second basemen, Rogers Hornsby was the best pure hitter, Joe Morgan was the most complete offensive package, and Gehringer was probably the best all-around player. He hit for high average, ran the bases well, was a very good fielder (better than Hornsby and Morgan), and had a good arm. The only flaw in Charlie's game was that he didn't hit the longball. But in his era there weren't any second basemen who hit near the top of the order who were expected to hit home runs. Hornsby did it because he hit third or cleanup, but Gehringer was a leadoff or #2 hitter.

Gehringer was one of the few players who was “discovered” by Ty Cobb. When Cobb was player/manager of the Tigers in the early 1920s, he was given a tip about Gehringer, who grew up just west of Detroit. After seeing the young Gehringer play, Cobb insisted that the Tigers sign him to a minor league deal. Two years later he was in the Detroit lineup along with Cobb. Gehringer once told the story of how Cobb urged him to buy stock in General Motors and Coca-Cola. “But none of us had any money,” Gehringer said, “so we couldn’t follow his advice.”

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1924DETAL51326000111020.4620.4620.46200
1925DETAL81833000001200.1670.2500.16700
1926DETAL1234596212719171489730420.2770.3220.399127
1927DETAL133508110161291146117852310.3170.3830.44129
1928DETAL154603108193291667415969220.3200.3950.451613
1929DETAL15563413121545191310627964190.3390.4050.532611
1930DETAL15461014420147151698191569170.3300.4040.534713
1931DETAL1013836711924545313429150.3110.3590.43102
1932DETAL1526181121844411191079868340.2980.3700.49733
1933DETAL155628103204426121055468270.3250.3930.46836
1934DETAL1546011342145071112711899250.3560.4500.51735
1935DETAL1506101232013281910811479160.3300.4090.502317
1936DETAL1546411442276012151164183130.3540.4310.55543
1937DETAL144564133209401149611490250.3710.4580.52015
1938DETAL15256813317432520107141113210.3060.4250.48643
1939DETAL1184068613229616864368160.3250.4230.5447111
1940DETAL1395151081613331081100101170.3130.4280.4479310
1941DETAL12743665961943461295260.2200.3630.3031133
1942DETAL4545612001700740.2670.3650.333000

Totals232388601774283957414618414271818911863720.3200.4040.480275014100
Per 1621626181241984010131001368326231000
DET232388601774283957414618414271818911863720.3200.4040.480275014100

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1934WSDETAL729511101210300.3790.4380.51700100
1935WSDETAL62449300410210.3750.4230.50000100
1940WSDETAL72836000100200.2140.2670.21430000

Totals20811226401720710.3210.3750.40730200

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
1000th Hit001931DETAL
1500th Hit001934DETAL
2000th Hit001936DETAL
2500th Hit001939DETAL
Cycle5271939DETAL

Hitting Streaks

GamesYearTeamLgFromToABHR2B3BHRRBIBBSOSB
211927DETA//
201937DETA//

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1936BBWAAPlayer00.0
1945BBWAAPlayer104.0
1946Nominating VotePlayer4321.3
1947BBWAAPlayer10565.2
1948BBWAAPlayer5243.0
1949Run OffPlayer15985.0
75% needed for election by the BBWAA