"Gehrig joined the Yankees in 1923, but he didn’t see any action until 1925, when he backed up star first baseman Wally Pipp.
According to legend, Gehrig stepped in at first base when Pipp benched himself with a headache, and Pipp never made it back on to the field.
Gehrig didn’t miss a game for the next 13 years.
To this day, to be "Wally Pipped" is to be replaced for good.
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