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Watch out, Wally Pipp. Columbia's Lou Gehrig may be a pitcher now, but, as with your teammate Babe Ruth, managers will catch on eventually that Gehrig's swing is too mighty to risk being compromised by a sore pitching arm. Here's a tip, Pipp: Don't sit out a game—especially not on June 2, 1925! Because this unassuming collegian may fill in for you at first base and then hold onto his starting job for another 2,130 games. That's a lot of games, Pipp. Take heed, unless you want your entire 15-season career overshadowed by a single day on the bench—unless you want to be remembered as mere trivia fodder.
Look what the press is saying about this kid. On the May 21st paper caption affixed to this here photo's reverse, Wally, in case you're interested to know, the news service Pacific & Atlantic reports, "COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY TWIRLER—A STAR ON THE MOUND AS WELL AS AT THE BAT / One of the sensations of collegiate baseball this season has been Lou Gehrig, Columbia University pitcher, who in his first season as twirler there has won six games and lost two, batted about .500 and has seven home runs to his credit, a record for his team. In the game against Wesleyan the other day, which Columbia won 15-2, Gehrig batted out the longest home run ever made on the college grounds."
Memorize his face, Pipp, the determined expression in front of those empty bleachers on this 6-1/2" x 8-3/8" sepia photo. It's a crystal-clear, superbly contrasted beauty with negligible surface wear and a restored lower-left-corner area (the extent of which can be seen easily on the photo’s reverse). Focus on the subject's steely expression and husky frame. See also Lou's poised depictions in the accompanying 1924 Columbian yearbook, which appears EX/MT save clear-tape reinforcements on the interior covers and minor chipping on the back-cover edge.
He wants your job, Pipp. You're doomed. But take heart. You're stepping aside for one of the finest fellas ever to take the field, and, when all is said and done, thanks to your selflessness on Day One, this kid out of Columbia will someday say he was "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." LOA for Type I from PSA/DNA.
Exceedingly Rare 1923 Lou Gehrig "Hard-Hitting Columbia Twirler" News Service Photo - PSA/DNA Type I - With 1924 Columbia Yearbook
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