Detroit Tigers Greatest All-Star Game Memories

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Credit: Boston Public Library

Charlie Gehringer: Owner of Second Base

The Mechanical Man was the only American League representative from the Detroit Tigers in the first all-star game and made his presence felt on the field.

Gehringer stole second base in the first inning after drawing a walk off of National League starter Bill Halahan but was left stranded. In the third he led off by drawing a walk and scored the second run of the game on Babe Ruth‘s mammoth blast into the right field stands.

Gehringer started at second base for the American League for six consecutive seasons (1933-1938). He is tied with Ted Kluszewski for the career all-star batting average lead at .500, though with twice the at-bats, 29 to 14, and is well ahead of all players in career on-base percentage at .655.

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