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George William Pipgras

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.

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George Pipgras pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, perhaps most famously for the 1927 Yankees. He also led the league with 24 victories for the 1928 Yankees.

George was born far from Broadway in Ida Grove, IA. He was a farm boy (until his father went into the hotel business) and served in WWI. After winning 19 games for Charleston in 1922, he came to the majors with the 1923 Yankees and 1924 Yankees, used sparingly. In the minors with Atlanta in 1925, he won 19 games and in 1926 he went 22-19 for St. Paul.

He was 10-3 for the legendary 1927 Yankees, and won Game 2 of the 1927 World Series.

After his excellent season in 1928, he won Game 2 of the 1928 World Series.

With the 1929 Yankees he was 18-12 and then after a couple less impressive years he went 16-9 for the 1932 Yankees. He won Game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the 1932 Cubs.

In May 1933 he was sold to the 1933 Boston Red Sox and pitched for them in 1933-35. He also played for Nashville during part of 1935.

A broken elbow in 1933 caused him to struggle during the rest of his pitching career.

George Pipgras {far left}, Carl Mays, Harvey Hendrick, Oscar Roettger, 4/26/1923

After going 4-6 for the Nashville Vols in 1935, George Pipgras retired. He was an umpire in the New York-Penn League in 1936-1937 and the Eastern League in 1938. Pipgras was then an American League umpire from 1939 to 1946. Afterwards he was a scout and instructed umpires.

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[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Wins Leader (1928)
  • AL Innings Pitched Leader (1928)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1930)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1928-1930 & 1932)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1928)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1928-1930 & 1932)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1928)
  • Won four World Series with the New York Yankees (1923, 1927, 1928 & 1932; he did not play in the 1923 World Series)

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