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Walter Clement Pipp
Birth: Feb. 17, 1893
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1965
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Major league baseball player. He was a starting first baseman for the New York Yankees in the 1920's for 10 years. He's best known as the man who lost his job to a younger player brought up named Lou Gehrig because of a headache. The story is that on June 2, 1925, he had a headache and told the manager Miller Huggins he was going to sit out that game. So Huggins put in Gehrig. He never started with the Yankees again. At the end of the 1925 season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he played for 3 years before retiring. The real reason he didn't play that day is because the Yankees were slumping that season. Manager Huggins decided to "shake up" the line-up by replacing 3 olders players with 3 younger ones. Gehrig started at first base for the Yankees for the next 14 years, a record that would stand until Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it. People still today refer to someone losing a starting position for injury or illness as getting "Wally Pipped" or "Pipped". He passed away at age 71 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  (bio by: John Webb) 
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  William H. Pipp (____ - 1934)
  Pauline Pipp (____ - 1930)
  Nora Powers Pipp (1894 - 1968)*
  Thomas Joseph Pipp (1928 - 2012)*
  Walter C. Pipp (1934 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: BLOCK B Lot :131 Space :9
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John Webb
Record added: Apr 01, 2008
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