Gehringer, Charles Leonard, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, NAS Jacksonville FL
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home Town
Fowlerville, MI
Last Address
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Date of Passing
Jan 21, 1993
Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Southfield, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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After a year at the University of Michigan, where he played baseball and football, Charlie Gehringer began his pro career in the Michigan-Ontario League. He made his first appearance with the Detroit Tigers in 1924 and was named the American League MVP in 1937. He played for that team until September of 1942 when he enlisted in the US Navy.
He entered the service and was appointed head baseball coach of the St Mary's Naval Pre-Flight School team in California for the 1943 season. Included on the team was former major leaguer Al Niemiec.
When he arrived at Jacksonville NAS in 1944, he told his Commanding Officer that he wanted to just coach the baseball team and not play. He was promptly told that he would play, and if he didn't, he would be sent so far they wouldn't know where to find him. Consequently, he played and managed the Jacksonville NAS Fliers.
In Donald Honig's Baseball "When the Grass was Real", Gehringer recalled how seriously the commanding officers took baseball. "Once we had a game scheduled at Montgomery Air Base, in Alabama, and they came and picked us up and flew us to Montgomery for the game and then flew us back again."
After his discharge he went into business selling fabric to automobile manufacturers. From 1951 to 1953, he served as general manager and from 1953 to 1957 as vice-president of the Tigers. In 1957, he went back into the same business in fabrics and did that until 1973.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.
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 Duty Stations
NAS PensacolaNAS Jacksonville FL
  1942-1943, NAS Pensacola
  1944-1945, NAS Jacksonville FL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  1921-1922, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Detroit Tigers photos3
  Dec 01, 1942, Commissioned as Lieutenant
  Dec 01, 1942, Takes Navy Oath1
  Feb 28, 1943, Named St Mary's Coaches1
  Oct 03, 1945, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jun 18, 1949, Married Josephine A Stillen
  Jan 23, 1993, Hall of Fame Player1
  Sep 14, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryFamous People Who ServedUnited States Navy Memorial
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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