This is Wally Pipp. He was an outstanding major league baseball player over a long period of time (1913-1928). When Pipp was a young boy, he suffered an injury playing hockey, which limited vision in his left eye and left him prone to bad headaches.
On June 2, 1925 Pipp was suffering from one of those headaches and asked Yankees trainer Doc Woods for a couple of aspirins. One thing led to another and Pipp ended up taking the day off, allowing a young kid to have a shot that day. It should be mentioned Pipp wasn’t swinging the bat well either, and the team was in a sour slump at the time.
Lou Gehrig was “the Kid” and had an immediate impact. A month later Pipp suffered a “brain concussion” and Gehrig stayed in the lineup for the next 14 years, becoming on the baseball’s all time greats. He is one of two MLB players in the game’s history to hit 40 doubles and 40 home runs in three different seasons (the other being Albert Pujols).
Dean Arsene was called up today. The former Edmonton Ice defender gets another shot at the show, and is one of the good stories in this long, long season.