|Charlie Gehringer is rated as one of baseballs' best all-around second baseman.
During his long, 19 year career with the Detroit Tigers, Gehringer participated in more double plays and had the highest fielding average of any second baseman in baseball history. He led all second baseman in 25 various fielding categories in various years. Gehringer was also an outstanding hitter and had a .320 career batting average.
From 1927 to the end of 1940, he scored over a 100 runs every year; except in 1931 when injuries kept him on the disabled list. 1929, he scored 129 runs, he scored a career high of 144 runs in 1930, and repeated this total in 1936. This great hitter won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1937, when he had 209 hits, led the league with his .371 batting average, scored 133 runs. Charlie Gehringer drove in over 100 runs in seven different years. This great Detroit Tiger, played in three world series and pounded out 26 hits, while batting .321.
Gehringer was tough for pitchers to strikeout; in his career average he fanned only 20 times per/season as an average. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1949; he ranks 11th. in career doubles with 574.
Charlie Gehringer career totals; Batting Average .320; At Bats - 8,860, 2,839 hits, 146 triples, 184 homers, scored 1,774 runs, 1,427 RBI's, walked 1,185 times and only struckout 372 times. Gehringer, you were one of the best of all-times; pounding game winning hits and game saving fielding gems. You deserve our loud cheers.
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