Babe Dahlgren

Babe Dahlgren Lou Gehrig.com
Birthdate 06/15/1912
Death Date 09/04/1996
Debut Year 1935
Year of Induction
Teams Browns, Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Yankees
Position First Base

Remembered as the man who replaced Lou Gehrig on 5/2/1939 to end the streak, Babe Dahlgren was an All Star with over 1,000 career hits.

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On May 2, 1939, Dahlgren replaced Lou Gehrig to the the Iron Horse's consecutive games played streak

On May 2, 1939, Dahlgren replaced Lou Gehrig to the the Iron Horse's consecutive games played streak

Babe Dahlgren is best known as the man who replaced Lou Gehrig to end the Iron Horse’s consecutive games played streak at 2,130. Dahlgren was much more than that. He was a big league All Star who tallied more than 1,000 hits. Later in life Dahlgren was the target of autograph collectors who so
After four seasons in the minors, Babe Dahlgren made his MLB debut in 1935

After four seasons in the minors, Babe Dahlgren made his MLB debut in 1935

Elsworth “Babe” Dahlgren signed his first pro contract as a teenageer. He spent the next four seasons playing in the minors for the Red Sox organization. On April 16, 1935 Dahlgren made his Major League debut for the big club in Boston. Draper-Maynard Athletic Goods signed him to this en
Dahlgren played a full season in the minors in '36 before a September call up

Dahlgren played a full season in the minors in '36 before a September call up

Babe Dahlgren originally broke in with the Boston Red Sox in 1935. This document, dated January 28, 1936 assigns the 24-year old first baseman to Boston’s minor league system. It is signed at the bottom by Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins, then a Red Sox executive. Collins’ sign
The Yankees saw Dahlgren as an insurance policy for Lou Gehrig at first base

The Yankees saw Dahlgren as an insurance policy for Lou Gehrig at first base

As head of the Yankees’ from 1932-1947, George Weiss intimately knew the inner workings of the team’s farm system and its minor leaguers. Here he writes to super scout Joe Devine about various personnel issues. First among them in the letter was Babe Dahlgren who had yet to play a game f
George Weiss was an architect of the Yankee dynasty

George Weiss was an architect of the Yankee dynasty

Weiss who served as the Yankee general manager from 1947-1960 signed many contracts, documents, and letters, making his signature common. The foreshadowing of Babe Dahlgren serving as eventual replacement for the Iron Horse makes this letter rather remarkable. The letter also mentions pitcher Spud C
Lou Gehrig was the leading vote-getter in All Century Team voting in 1999

Lou Gehrig was the leading vote-getter in All Century Team voting in 1999

Babe Dahlgren gained baseball immortality when he became forever linked to Lou Gehrig by starting in place of the Iron Horse on May 2, 1939. In the collection is a photo signed by Gehrig as he joins forces with Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey to argue a call with umpire Cal Hubbard, the only man i
Pee Wee Wanninger helped stop and start two of the longest consecutive games played streak in history

Pee Wee Wanninger helped stop and start two of the longest consecutive games played streak in history

Many baseball fans know that Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak was halted when Babe Dahlgren’s name was penciled onto the Yankee starting lineup in May of 1939. What most folks don’t know is how Gehrig’s streak began in 1925. Light-hitting Pee Wee Wanninger was th
Wanninger's contract is signed by Hall of Famers Ban Johnson and Jacob Ruppert

Wanninger's contract is signed by Hall of Famers Ban Johnson and Jacob Ruppert

As stated in the previous piece’s description, Pee Wee Wanninger is the man for whom Lou Gehrig pinch hit to begin the Iron Horse’s consecutive games played streak. Shown here is the signature page for Wanninger’s 1925 player’s contract. Hall of Fame Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert signed the contract as club president, while

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