August 3, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 87, Charlie Gehringer (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Charlie Gehringer never celebrated himself. Ever. Sportswriters used to love him for that. And then they didn’t. And then they did again. It’s a baffling story.

Gehringer’s story itself is not baffling at all. He could not have been more consistent, on or off the field. They called him “The Mechanical Man” because he just went out and played ball. He didn’t talk. He didn’t complain. He didn’t boast. He didn’t want fame. He just wanted to play ball and play it well; that was where his story began and ended.

“Wind him up in the spring,” Lefty Gomez said of Gehringer, “turn him off…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 87, Charlie Gehringer” at The Athletic