Pee Wee Wanninger

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Birthdate 12/12/1902
Death Date 03/07/1981
Debut Year 1925
Year of Induction
Teams Red Sox, Reds, Yankees
Position Shortstop

1925: Pee Wee played shortstop, ending Everett Scott’s 1,307 consecutive games; Gehrig pinch hit for Pee Wee, starting a 2,130 game streak.

 

In the collection:

In 1925, Wanninger ended one streak and started another - here's his Yankee contract from that year

In 1925, Wanninger ended one streak and started another - here's his Yankee contract from that year

Cal Ripken holds the all-time record for consecutive games played with 2,632. Second on the list is Lou Gehrig with 2,130; third is Everett Scott with 1,307. Pee Wee Wanninger is tied to both men directly behind Ripken. In
Signature page of Wanninger's contract

Signature page of Wanninger's contract

Hall of Fame Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert has signed the contract as club president, while the player has signed “PL Wanninger”. The contract is signed on February 2/3, 1925. The front of the contract is also signed by American League President and Hall of Famer Ban Johnson.
Autographed photo of Gehrig

Autographed photo of Gehrig

Why not add in a Lou Gehrig autograph to the page of a man who was intimately involved in starting the streak? The image shows a trio of Hall of Famers. Gehrig joins forces with catcher Bill Dickey to argue a call with Cal Hubbard, the only man inducted into both the baseball and football Halls of Fame.
Document assigning Wanninger to the minor leagues for 1924

Document assigning Wanninger to the minor leagues for 1924

Before Wanninger played a role in the consecutive games streak of Everett Scott and Lou Gehrig he was a minor leaguer playing for Augusta Tygers. The team was named after Ty Cobb, who began his professional career in Augusta in 1904. In the collection is the agreement assigning Wanninger to August
Reverse of the document sending Wanninger to the minor leagues

Reverse of the document sending Wanninger to the minor leagues

A tri-folding document, it’s composition can be seen here. The top portion of the image served as the front of the document when it was folded into thirds. Though he had a remarkable start to his big league career, Wanninger played in a total of 163 big league games from 1925 through 1927.
Pee Wee Wanninger handwritten letter from 1976

Pee Wee Wanninger handwritten letter from 1976

Pee Wee Wanninger was 73 years old when he penned this letter to an autograph collector on 7/27/1976. Wanninger thanks the collector and writes about his current life before closing the letter, “I suppose my greatest thrill was playing with the Yankees and with Ruth and Gehrig – both gr

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