- Wally Pipp
Infobox MLB retired
February 17, 1893
deathdate=death date and age|1965|1|11|1893|2|17
Runs batted in
New York Yankees(1915-1925)
World Serieschampion: 1923
* American League pennant: 1921, 1922
* American League home run champion: 1916, 1917
* 3 seasons with a .300+ batting average
* 2 seasons with 100+ RBI
Walter Clement Pipp (
February 17, 1893– January 11, 1965) was an American first basemanin Major League Baseball, now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrigat the beginning of Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games.
After playing 12 games with the
Detroit Tigersin 1913, Pipp graduated from The Catholic University of Americain 1914. The Chicago-born Pipp then joined the New York Yankeesfor the 1915 season, and would play 136 or more games for them every season until 1925 (except 1918 which was curtailed by injury), hitting .282 with little power, even after the end of the "dead ball" era. Pipp did lead the American Leaguewith 12 home runs in 1916, and again with 9 in 1917. Pipp was the first Yankee to win a Home Run title. Pipp scouted and asked Miller Hugginsto sign young Lou Gehrig from Columbia University, whom Pipp personally helped develop as a young First Base player. Wally Pipp was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1926, but played in Old Timers games as a Yankee. He was later hired by " Sports Illustrated" as one of the magazine's first writers. His 226 sacrifices as a Yankee is still a team record.
Pipp's removal from the Yankees' starting lineup
June 2, 1925Pipp was removed from the Yankees' starting lineup and replaced with Gehrig. While many stories over the years have suggested that Pipp sat out the game due to a headache, Yankee manager Miller Huggins had actually benched Pipp and other veterans in order to "shake up" the slumping lineup. A month later, Pipp received a skull fracture when he was hit by a practice pitch from Charlie Caldwell, an event that had also been mistakenly linked to his initial benching. Pipp was later traded to the Cincinnati Redsbefore the 1926 season. He played 372 games for them over the next three seasons before retiring.
Pipp died at age 71 in
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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* [http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/pipp.asp Urban legend about Wally Pipp's headache] (from
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