Charlie Gehringer played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. He is considered to be the best second baseman in baseball from 1926 through 1940. He came up to the Tigers in 1924 but played sparingly with them until 1926, when he won the starting second base job. He held that position until 1941. He was the starting second baseman in the first All Star game in 1933 and he started each of the next 5 All Star games for the American League. He earned the nickname of “The Mechanical Man” as he went on to lead the League’s second basemen in fielding average and assists seven times. He was an anchor on three Detroit pennant winners and helped the Tigers win it all in 1935. Over his 19 year career he hit .320 with 574 doubles, 146 triples and 184 home runs. He also won the American League batting title in 1937 when he hit .371. He was named the American League MVP that year. His retired with 2839 career hits.
August 14, 2014