Wally Pipp Sr. (Baseball)

 
   
   
     
   
 


 
 



 
 
 
 


Wally Pipp Jr., pictured at CANTERBURY PARK  dated 1948, is the son of Wally Pipp Sr. who was a first baseman Baseball Player for the Detroit Tigers until he was sent to the New York Yankees in 1915. Pipp Sr. had one of the best defensive records of any first baseman in major League history.  He became even more famous - because one day in 1925 he complained of a ‘headache’ to the Yankee coach, who told him to sit out the game “benched him” and was replaced with rookie Lou Gherig who then went on to play 2,130 consecutive games..   (
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1965 - Wally Pipp Died in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pipp, who in 1925 had asked out of the Yankees lineup with a headache, was 71 years old, after giving way to Lou Gehrig, Pipp never again played a game at 1st base for the Yankees.

Wally Pipp is a 1972 INDUCTEE in the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame.

 

 


Walter Clement Pipp
(February 17, 1893 - January 11, 1965) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball, now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig at the beginning of Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games.

After playing 12 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1913, the Chicago-born Pipp joined the New York Yankees for 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 League with 12 home runs in 1916, and again with 9 in 1917.

 


Wally Pipp
 
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Walter Clement Pipp (February 17, 1893 - January 11, 1965) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball, now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig at the beginning of Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games.

After playing 12 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1913, the Chicago-born Pipp joined the New York Yankees for 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 League with 12 home runs in 1916, and again with 9 in 1917.

 


Wally Pipp - Unfairly Castigated!

On June 2, 1925 he was scratched 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, the real story is that Yankees manager Miller Huggins benched Pipp along with other veterans to "shake up" the slumping lineup. A month later he received a skull fracture when he was beaned with a practice pitch from Charlie Caldwell, an event which has also mistakenly been linked to his initial benching. He did not play again for the Yankees and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds before the 1926 season, for whom he played 372 games over the next three seasons before retiring.

Pipp died at age 71 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 


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