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Michaels07
08-14-01, 08:36 AM
What year did he become the Yankees First Basemam?

Who did he replace?

What happened to the guy he took over for?

Winger03
08-14-01, 09:44 AM
What year did he become the Yankees First Basemam?
I don't know

Who did he replace?
Wally Pipp

What happened to the guy he took over for?
I'm pretty sure he was hit in the head by a ball the previous day.

Gehrig
08-14-01, 09:47 AM
In late 1923, Pipp broke his ankle, and Gehrig came up to replace him for he remainder of the year. Manager Miller Huggins petitioned McGraw (manager of the Giants) to permit Gehrig to replace the ailing Wally Pipp on the Yanks' roster for the World Series. McGraw, always looking for an edge, exercised his prerogative and refused. The Yankees won anyway. After a full season at Hartford, where Gehrig hit .369, he became a Yankee for good in 1925.

He replaced Wally Pipp for good in 1925 after Pipp complained of a migrane headache caused by a beaning...

At the end of the Season Pipp was sent to Cincinnati. He hit for a .291 average, drove in 99 runs, and led N.L. first basemen in fielding percentage. He played part time two more years and then retired...

Pipp was considered a slugger long before 1920, when Lou was still in high school. Before the Babe came to New York and turned the game on its ear with his 54 homers in 1920, Pipp twice led the A.L. in homers (with 12 in 1916, 9 in 1917, typical league-leading figures in those days.) More significant was that he twice drove in more than 100 runs, and four other seasons drove in more than 90, retiring just four short of 1000 career RBIs. Even after Ruth and Muesel came along, he was regularly 2nd or 3rd in Yankee RBIs...

He was also a top-notch fielder and his name can still be found among the career leaders in chances per game and putouts per game. He led AL first basemen in least one category in 7 of his 10 years as one of the best in a long line of great Yankee first sackers, often leading in more than one category--put outs, assists, double plays and percentage. The competition included the likes of George Sisler, Joe Judge, Stuffy McInnis and Harry Heilmann. This was one good ballplayer.

In fact, Pipp played in most Yankee games between 1915-24--- more than any other Yankee player

Gehrigs streak actually started the day before Gehrig sat in for Pipp, when Lou pinch-hit for Pee Wee Wanninger, the Yanks shortstop...

Pipp eventually became a salesman in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He went to Detroit in the spring of 1939, May 2, to be exact. Running into Gehrig at the Book-Cadillac Hotel, Lou told Pipp he didn't feel well and might sit the game out. That was the very game Gehrig took himself out of the lineup, thus ending the streak that began on "The Day of the Two Aspirin."

Winger03
08-14-01, 09:48 AM
I meant to say what Mitch said.... :D :D

Gehrig
08-14-01, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by Winger03
I meant to say what Mitch said.... :D :D

:lol:

Michaels07
08-14-01, 10:01 AM
Excellent material.Thanks.
June 2,1925 Wally Pipp was a career 283 hitter,who had hit 295 in 24 with 19 triples,took himself out of the line up with a head ache from a beaning,the previuos day.They had no batting helmets
Enter Larrupin Lou ,the kid from the Ivy League school Columbia,he hits 295 with 20 hr`s in 126 games and the rest is history.:NY: :NY: :NY: :NY: