Charlie Gehringer: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Tigers Second Baseman

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Charlie Gehringer was the best second baseman of his era. He is regarded by many as the best two-strike hitter of all time and his seemingly effortless fielding ability earned him the nickname of "The Mechanical Man." Sports writers groused that he was too quiet to be a star. Charlie replied that he didn't hit with his mouth. This work follows Gehringer's career from the day a scout spotted him on the sandlots of Michigan in 1923 to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1949 ...
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About the Book Charlie Gehringer was the best second baseman of his era. He is regarded by many as the best two-strike hitter of all time and his seemingly effortless fielding ... ability earned him the nickname of "The Mechanical Man." Sports writers groused that he was too quiet to be a star. Charlie replied that he didn’t hit with his mouth. This work follows Gehringer’s career from the day a scout spotted him on the sandlots of Michigan in 1923 to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1949 and into his life after baseball. Read more Show Less

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Charlie Gehringer was the best second baseman of his era. He is regarded by many as the best two-strike hitter of all time and his seemingly effortless fielding ability earned him the nickname of "The Mechanical Man." Sports writers groused that he was too quiet to be a star. Charlie replied that he didn't hit with his mouth. This work follows Gehringer's career from the day a scout spotted him on the sandlots of Michigan in 1923 to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1949 and his life after baseball.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786435746
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

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Table of Contents


Introduction 1
1 "You never really leave the game" 5
2 "If that guy is a ballplayer, then so am I" 10
3 "His potential excited me" 19
4 "You can't talk your way into a batting championship" 30
5 "He leads the league in line drives right at somebody" 43
6 "What in the hell is he talking about?" 58
7 "Every time I turn around, the guy's on second base" 72
8 "May you live ten thousand years" 82
9 "The entire town was ga-ga" 91
10 "Too much time to think" 102
11 "The Michigan Mummy" 110
12 "The cry babies" 125
13 "I kept yelling 'home, home, home'" 136
14 "If my chatter bothers you too much..." 144
15 "He simplified where others dramatized" 149
16 "I didn't know who was and who wasn't" 157
17 "They won't get me in that suit again" 167
18 "The Good Lord needed a second baseman" 174 Chapter Notes 179 Bibliography 191 Index 195
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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    The Mechanical Man finally gets his much deserved biography. Gehringer was a phenomenal player and a class act to the end.

    I grew up a diehard Tigers fan and for some reason, I chose Charlie Gehringer as my favorite of the old-timers. I think it was just as much for his quiet reputation as it was for his tremendous talent.

    When I saw this biography, I bought it immediately. Though it is fairly expensive, it was worth the price tag to me. Charlie Gehringer the person and player is brought to life and John Skipper has made me even more appreciative of my historical Tiger idol.

    To call Gehringer "humble" is an understatement, I don't know that any athlete of his caliber has ever carried himself with less pretention. This is a man who stayed single and took care of his ailing mother until he was 46. When he finally did marry, he missed his own Hall of Fame induction. Some might call him aloof, but I (and author John Skipper) believe Gehringer just didn't care to draw attention to himself as being any different or any better.

    Gehringer may very well still be the best second baseman to ever play the game. He hit .320 for his CAREER and was an outstanding fielder with very good range and soft hands. Yet he wasn't as celebrated as the other great players of his time and I'm amused by the comments made by his contemporary sports writers.

    Skipper did a good job of transporting the reader to the Tigers of the 1920s when Gehringer broke in; when Ty Cobb was at the end of his career, but still a menacing presence and Gehringer's first manager. The play-by-play of the 1935 World Champs was nice. It took a considerable amount of research, I'm sure.

    The very old Tiger fan who yearns for the days, or maybe heard of them from his or her dad, will love this stroll down memory lane. Even "younger" people like me, with a sense of history and a passion for the Tigers, will appreciate reading about The Mechanical Man who so embodied the spirt of the Olde English D.

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