A month or two ago I embarked upon a project of scanning all of the cards in my collection of any other Michigan Baseball alumni not already included on my Player Collections page. That includes anything that arrived via trade, was already in my collection otherwise, or was part of a complete set (or set in-progress). As you can imagine it took quite a while to get everything done, but about 250+ cards later, I finally have something to show for it! These posts will show off new player collections or new cards for existing PCs. Some players will join the group that I supercollect and others will be guys I just pick up whenever I can. If you have anything I don't and feel like trading, please let me know as I'd love to build up these collections!
I've got a double-header for you today, and as it turns out, it's a Hall of Fame double-header! While getting ready to write up this post, which was originally going to cover just George Sisler, I thought about fellow pre-WWII star Charlie Gehringer, and though I didn't expect to find much of him in my PC, I took a quick look anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to come up with a trio of Gehringers and decided to include those today as well.
Fowlerville, Michigan native Charlie Gehringer was born 110 years ago and made his way to UM in 1922, but was discovered by a Tigers player the following year and earned a tryout in front of Detroit legend and player/manager Ty Cobb, who was immediately impressed by the young second-baseman. The "Mechanical Man" ("You wind him up Opening Day and forget him" said teammate Doc Cramer) was a Tiger for all 19 of his Major League seasons, forming a legendary double-play combo with SS Billy Rogell, rivaled by the Whitaker-Trammell duo modern fans know so well. A very reliable and durable fielder, he hit .320 for his career with 2839 hits, was a six-time All-Star and the 1937 AL MVP, and won a ring with the '35 Tigers (LOL Cubs) to go with AL pennants in '34 and '40. After his playing career, he served in the Navy from '43-'45, then acted as GM and vice-president of his former team for several years in the 1950s. He landed in the Hall of Fame in 1949 and compares very well to another enshrined 2B, Roberto Alomar. The Tigers retired his number 2, and he also has a statue out beyond left-center field:
Well, seven posts in and I STILL have a pair of guys left to show off! Watch for those soon....