Charlie Gelbert was born on Friday, January 26, 1906, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Gelbert was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1929, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an above average fielder with a good bat. Charlie was in 13 World Series games with St. Louis and never committed an error.
On November 22, 1932 a hunting accident nearly costs Charlie his leg. He came back two years later but was never the same ballplayer. Charlie played SS and 3B for the Cardinals , Reds, Tigers, Senators and the Red Sox.
In 1945, Gelbert joined the Lafayette College staff as baseball coach. In 21 years he coached the team to seven post-season tournaments, five National Collegiate Athletic Association District II titles and more than 300 victories.
During this period he fought for and finally won a battle with National Collegiate Athletic Association officials to permit a college coach to work as a baseline coach. The rule was changed in the winter of 1965-66.
Gelbert also served at Lafayette as assistant football and basketball coach.
Charles M. Gelbert was christened Magnus Ott Gelbert, but took his name in honor of his father an All-American football player, at the University of Pennsylvania. He died in 1967 in Easton, Pa.