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Charlie Gehringer was the best second baseman of his era, and one of the best ever. A tireless worker with an uncanny ability to focus on the task at hand, he made himself into an outstanding fielder and perhaps the greatest two-strike hitter of all time. His drive soon earned him the nickname Mechanical Man, and it reflected a deep-seated sense of devotion to all that he committed himself to, both on and off of the field. This work follows Gehringers career from the day a scout spotted him on the sandlots of Michigan in 1923 to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1949 and into his life after baseball.