June 2,1925 Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp at 1B

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June 2,1925 Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp at 1B

Postby FW57cLIPPER51 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:10 pm

June 2, 1925 Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp at 1B

It was on this day in 1925 that the legendary Lou Gehrig replaced Wally Pipp in the Yankees’ lineup, beginning Gehrig’s then-record streak of 2130 consecutive games played. While both Pipp and the Yankees themselves were slumping at the time, Gehrig’s insertion into the lineup wasn’t only meant as a way to give a promising youngster some at-bats. Pipp was given a day off due to a headache, which according to some reports was suffered after being hit in the head with a pitch from a teammate during batting practice. Since that fateful day, Pipp’s name has become synonymous with being replaced — whenever a player goes on a hot streak replacing an injured teammate, you can count on an announcer mentioning that the injured player might “be Wally Pipp’ed” out of a job. This unusual legacy has overshadowed a very solid career from Pipp, who hit .281/.341/.408 over 7838 plate appearances with the Yankees, Reds, and Tigers from 1913-1928, including serving as the starting 1st baseman on the Yankees’ 1st World Series championship team, in 1923.

In a few weeks later, Wally Pipp would be hit in the head again, this time requiring 2-week hospital stay. He would spend the rest of the 1925 AL season as Gehrig's back-up at 1B and Pinch-hitting duties. After the 1925 AL season finished, Wally was sold by the Yankees to Cincinnati Reds for the waiver price of $7,500. He would play for the Reds from 1926 to 1928. Later he played in the high Minor Leagues untile he retired from baseball.
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