Thursday, January 10, 2013

1925 Gehringer Called Up

In late September, 1925, the following blurb was published in The Fowlerville Review:

Charles Gehringer, our Fowlerville ball artist who was signed up by the Detroit Tygers last year and sent to Toronto, Canada, to season up for the big league, has made good there, being the star performer on the team and has now been recalled to meet the Tygers at Boston and will in all probability be seen in action on the team for the balance of the season.  Charley has a host of warm friends here who earnestly hope he can make the grade.

And then, another "making good" article:

The Detroit papers have been saying nice things about our Fowlerville ball player who has been recalled to the Detroit Tygers for the last few games of the season.

The Times says he is a fast pivot man and handles double plays the fastest of any man on the team.

The News speaks of Gehringer and the other new player, Warner, as follows:

"You must give more than passing mention to the two new Detroit infielders, Jack Warner at third and Charlie Gehringer at second.  The former went the distance at third and the latter played the fag part of the game at second base.  They look the part of big league team infielders.  They are both young and both have the ease, the speed and the grace of the natural athlete.  They handle themselves under fire as if they liked it.  They are large, rangy and look like big league infielders.  No wonder Cobb was actually hilariously late in the game.  He saw Warner start two snappy double plays and saw Gehringer kick in with some very cleaver work around second base, notably the handling of a difficult bounder, the tagging of a runner from first and then a snap easy accurate peg to first for the put out that completed a double play."

After Tuesday's game this week, the Free Press said of Gehringer:

"Gehringer, recently recalled from Toronto also looked up to major league standard.  He handled everything that came his way in approved fashion and helped himself to a double and two singles in six times at bat."

To read more on Jack Warner, click here for the wiki page.

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