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Poor Wally Pipp

According to folklore, on June 2, 1925, New York Yankees' longtime regular first baseman Wally Pipp got a headache and couldn't play in the scheduled game. He was replaced by a newcomer named Lou Gehrig. Gehrig didn't relinquish the position for 14 years (and only then because of a life-ending illness).

In truth, however, Pipp wasn't playing well throughout the early part of 1925, so manager Miller Huggins decided to give Gehrig a shot at playing first base. It was actually a month later, in July, 1925, that Pipp was hit on the head with a ball and developed a lingering headache. Over the years, the story morphed into the legend that it is today.

With no need for the usually solid-playing Pipp (he hit a .295 in 1924 and led the league in triples), the Yankees sold him to the Cincinnati Reds for $20,000. This is the transfer agreement between the Yankees and the Reds that dealt Pipp away. Soon thereafter, the phrase "To be Wally Pipped," entered the American vernacular as a saying to mean to be replaced for good.

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The legend of Wally Pipp started with this telegram, sent in February, 1915, which mentions that he had been signed to the Yankees.