Wally Pipp was one of the most misunderstood baseball players in history. Today he is remembered more for missing a game with a headache than for his heroics on the ball field – and there were many!
The following is an excerpt from a book, The Least Among Them, I am writing about the Yankees that is currently in development:
Mark Koenig was the Yankees starting shortstop for three seasons from 1926 through 1928. Koenig was an erratic fielder, leading the league in errors in 1926 and 1928. As a batter, he usually served as the number two batter in the line-up, hitting just before Babe Ruth. After batting .319 in 1928 and .292 in more limited duty in 1929, Koenig got off to a slow start in 1930. By the end of May, he was batting only .230. On May 30, 1930, the Yankees traded Koenig, along with future Hall-of-Famer Waite Hoyt to the Detroit Tigers for Ownie Carroll, Harry Rice, and Yats Wuestling. Of the three, only Harry Rice, who played 100 games for the Yankees in 1930 (batting .298) had any significant impact on the team. After the trade, Koenig bounced between four teams over the remaining six years of his career, but during that time he influenced one pennant race and, in an indirect way, one of the most legendary moments in the history of baseball.