It’s been almost 84 years since Lou Gehrig replaced Wally Pipp and never took a break. But did a headache really cause him to lose his starting job?
He’s still a household name in baseball, 44 years after his death and 40 more since he was removed from his spot as the New York Yankees’ starting first baseman.
Wally Pipp had a nice career, but he’s known more for missing work one day and not getting his job back. But is it really that simple?
Stories over the years have claimed Pipp begged out of the lineup because of a headache or that he’d been beaned and was seeing double. Neither are true, if you believe old scrapbooks kept by Pipp’s now elderly son, Tom.
They contain newspaper accounts that indicate Pipp didn’t exit because of injury, but rather because he could see Gehrig’s obvious talent and was willing to give the young Columbia University product a chance.