1925 Pee Wee Wanninger Signed Contract--Player who Linked
Scott's and Gehrig's Famous Streaks!
Pee 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.
Wanninger's "American League Player's Contract
" is the
standard boilerplate, assigning an $1,800 salary for the season,
signed on page two by the player, team owner Jake Ruppert and a
witness in 9/10 or better ink. American League president Ban
Johnson signs the cover in equally strong ink. Original storage
folds and mild handling wear. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction
LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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