Thursday, January 24, 2013

1928 Gehringer Visit to Fowlerville

For a brief shining moment in baseball fun, it was reported in September, 1928, Charley Gehringer would visit his old haunts at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds.  The following short blurb was found in the local paper:

The friends of Charles Gehringer may see him in action with the Fowlerville ball team at the Fowlerville fair.

But then:

All Aboard!

For the Fowlerville Fair~~Everything looks good for the Fowlerville Fair if the weather holds good it will be a record breaker so far as attendance is concerned.

The grounds are in fine condition and the buildings have been made attractive.

The secretary reports the entries are coming in fine and everything points to a good showing and the race horses are much in evidence and the free attractions are showing up big, while the midway is chuck full and running over.

We regret to have to report one great disappointment in the fact that Charles Gehringer will not be here as advertised, and no one can possibly regret the fact as much as the fair association, which has advertised the fact, that the star in Michigan base ball will not be present.  It is no fault of the fair management and it was not known until this week that Mr. Gehringer had made other arrangements and had joined a barnstorming company that was taking him out of the state.

Mr. Glover states the Mr. Gehringer distinctly stated to him that he would be here for the games and bring a man with him and Mr. Glover has witness to that statement.

As soon as it was discovered that Mr. Gehringer had made other arrangements, the telephone wires were kept warm by the ball fans and business men, but without success.

Arrangement had been perfected to present Mr. Gehringer with a fine token of their regard for him as a community which adds another deep disappointment to his absence.

This is the first time in the history of the fair association when they have advertised an event that did not take place and the association and all friends of Mr. Gehringer deeply regret the fact.

In future articles regarding the fair events, it would appear everything else was a great success.

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