George Pipgras

George William Pipgras (December 20, 1899 – October 19, 1986) was an American right-handed starting pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. Known as "The Danish Viking," he spent most of his playing career with the New York Yankees, breaking in as a rookie in 1923. He spent the 1925 & 1926 seasons in the minor leagues, and became a starter in the rotation for the first time with the legendary 1927 team. Pipgras lead the American League in wins with a 24–13, 3.38 ERA record for the following year's 1928 repeat champions. After ending his 11-year career with the Boston Red Sox, he became an AL umpire from 1938 to 1946. He was the umpire behind the plate in one of baseball's most dramatic wins ever: on September 30, 1945, at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park, when Hank Greenberg hit a ninth inning Grand Slam, after Pipgras suggested to Greenberg that the game should be called on account of darkness. Greenberg convinced him the he could still see the ball, so the game proceeded. The next pitch was hit over the fence and the Tigers won the pennant, and eventually the 1945 World Series. His younger brother Ed pitched briefly for the 1932 Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Major League pitching statistics for George Pipgras.
Year Team W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO
1923 NYY 1-3 5.94 8 2 2 0 0 33 34 22 22 25 12
1924 NYY 0-1 9.98 9 1 0 0 1 15 20 18 17 18 4
1927 NYY 10-3 4.11 29 21 9 1 0 166 148 81 76 77 81
1928 NYY 24-13 3.38 46 38 22 4 3 300 314 132 113 103 139
1929 NYY 18-12 4.23 39 33 13 3 0 225 229 132 106 95 125
1930 NYY 15-15 4.11 44 30 15 3 4 221 230 133 101 70 111
1931 NYY 7-6 3.79 36 14 6 1 3 137 134 73 58 58 59
1932 NYY 16-9 4.19 32 27 14 2 0 219 235 120 102 87 111
1933 BOS 9-8 4.07 22 17 9 2 1 128 140 65 58 45 56
1933 NYY 2-2 3.27 4 4 3 0 0 33 32 13 12 12 14
1934 BOS 0-0 8.10 2 1 0 0 0 3 4 3 3 3 0
1935 BOS 0-1 14.40 5 1 0 0 0 5 9 9 8 5 2
Career 102-73 - 276 189 93 16 12 - 1529 801 676 598 714

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Major League fielding statistics for George Pipgras.
Year Team G GS Inn PO A E DP Fld%
1923 NYY 8 - 0 8 0 0 1.000
1924 NYY 9 - 1 9 0 0 1.000
1927 NYY 29 - 6 33 1 1 0.975
1928 NYY 46 - 7 49 4 2 0.933
1929 NYY 39 - 4 30 1 2 0.971
1930 NYY 44 - 12 30 5 1 0.894
1931 NYY 36 - 2 20 2 0 0.917
1932 NYY 32 - 9 35 7 1 0.863
1933 BOS 22 - 6 15 2 2 0.913
1933 NYY 4 - 2 10 0 1 1.000
1934 BOS 2 - 0 2 0 0 1.000
1935 BOS 5 - 0 1 0 0 1.000
Career 276 - 49 242 22 10 -

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Major League batting statistics for George Pipgras.
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1923 NYY 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.000 0.100 0.000
1924 NYY 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333
1927 NYY 29 67 4 16 1 1 1 6 0 2 17 0.239 0.261 0.328
1928 NYY 46 115 7 18 4 0 0 5 0 4 28 0.157 0.192 0.191
1929 NYY 39 84 6 12 2 0 0 5 0 5 19 0.143 0.191 0.167
1930 NYY 44 80 10 12 3 0 1 12 0 6 16 0.150 0.218 0.225
1931 NYY 36 41 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 0.024 0.048 0.024
1932 NYY 32 82 4 18 1 1 0 10 0 2 19 0.220 0.238 0.256
1933 BOS 22 46 4 9 0 0 0 4 0 3 10 0.196 0.245 0.196
1933 NYY 4 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.091 0.167 0.091
1934 BOS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
1935 BOS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
Career 276 539 37 88 11 2 2 42 0 25 129 - - -



First NameGeorge
Middle NameWilliam
Last NamePipgras
Full Name at BirthGeorge William Pipgras
Age86 (age at death)
Date of BirthDecember 20, 1899
BirthplaceIda Grove, IA
Date of DeathOctober 19, 1986
Location of DeathGainesville, FL
BuriedMemorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg, FL
Height6' 1" (185 cm)
Weight185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Star SignSagittarius
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFormer Major League Baseball Player
Occupation CategoryBaseball
PositionPitcher
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB Debut9 June 1923
Last MLB Game2 June 1935

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