Charlie Gehringer

Charlie Gehringer
Birthdate 5/11/1903
Death Date 1/21/1993
Debut Year 1924
Year of Induction 1949
Teams Tigers
Position Second Base

Charlie Gehringer started & played every inning of the first 6 MLB All Star games. He also had 2 consecutive games played streaks of 500+ games.

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Charlie Gehringer was known as

Charlie Gehringer was known as "The Mechanical Man" for the reliability of his production

In the collection is this pair of original Goudey baseball cards from the heart of Charlie Gehringer’s career. The cards, from 1933 and 1934 show the second baseman in the midst of a time when he appeared in each of Major League Baseball’s first six All Star games. Known as “The Me
Gehringer played in the first All Star Game in 1933; later he attended the 40th anniversary celebration

Gehringer played in the first All Star Game in 1933; later he attended the 40th anniversary celebration

Major League Baseball played its first All Star Game in Chicago in 1933. It was part of the Windy City’s centennial celebration that included hosting the World’s Fair. Baseball saw the game as a one-time event to boost the country’s morale during the Great Depression. Instead the g
Gehringer stayed single and took care of his widowed mother until she died in 1949

Gehringer stayed single and took care of his widowed mother until she died in 1949

Charlie Gehringer’s father Leonard died in 1924, widowing his diabetic wife Theresa. It was the second baseman’s first year in professional baseball. With his mother in need of care, Gehringer decided to forgo marriage until after his mother’s demise in 1949. In the collection is t
Gehringer enlisted into the Navy after the 1942 season and stayed until after the war

Gehringer enlisted into the Navy after the 1942 season and stayed until after the war

Charlie Gehringer placed in the Top 10 in MVP balloting for seven straight seasons from 1932-1938. In this second page of the 1943 handwritten letter he writes about a brief leave from his time in the Navy during World War II. Gehringer visited Hollywood during his leave, hanging out with the stars
Gehringer missed his Hall of Fame induction because of preparations for his wedding five days later

Gehringer missed his Hall of Fame induction because of preparations for his wedding five days later

In the final page of the letter Charlie Gehringer writes about the difficulty of finding romance. “My troubles seem to be similar to the song now quite popular in regard to the gals, and I quote ‘They’re either too young or too old,’ and I might add mostly married.” Gehringer put off marriage
Charlie Gehringer's signature remained consistently ornate throughout his life

Charlie Gehringer's signature remained consistently ornate throughout his life

An envelope with a postmark is often an important tool to aid in authentication of an autograph. Here the postmark reveals a mailing date of December 15, 1943 consistent with the letter’s content. It also shows that it was mailed from St. Mary’s, California just as Gehringer has written

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