The Man Who Connected Two Streaks
Wee Wanninger played for only one year, in 1925,
so why is his contract from the 1925 season important?
Wanninger was the man who ended one of baseball's
longest iron man streaks (consecutive games played,
now held by Cal Ripken Jr.) and helped to start
the next iron man streak held by Lou Gehrig.
Here's the incredible story: Everett Scott was
the New York Yankees' shortstop in 1925. He had
played in 1307 straight games dating back to June
20, 1916. On May 6, 1925, Yankees manager Miller
Huggins benched Scott on the pretense that Scott
wasn't feeling well. Scott was incensed as the
benching ended his streak. Wanninger replaced
Scott and, just three weeks later, on June 1,
Lou Gehrig pinched hit for Wanninger. That pinch-hitting
appearance started Gehrig's unimaginable consecutive
games played streak. He would play in every game
until May 2, 1939 -- 2130 games in all.