Remember the Story of Wally Pipp
At AM Transport, we tried to put as much of our personality into our work spaces as we could. If you come and visit our office, you will see that in the back is the most popular meeting area…that doesn’t exactly look like a meeting area. It has a funky carpet and modern lighting, a mini fridge, a gold framed whiteboard/projector screen, and other cool and swanky things. The walls are also painted red. Many of us fondly call it the “red room,” but a noteworthy piece hanging in the middle of one wall has given it another name: the Wally Pipp room.
Why Wally Pipp? Well as our employee handbook explains, Wally Pipp hangs on the wall as a very important reminder that you must always stay hungry. Here’s the story.
Wally Pip – First baseman for the New York Yankees 1915-1925
According to the most popular version of the story, Pipp showed up at Yankee stadium one day with a severe headache and asked the team’s trainer for two aspirin (there is some conjecture as to whether or not it was due to being hit in the temple by a ball during ap previous game). Miller Huggins, the Yankees’ manager, noticed this and said, “Wally, take the day off. We’ll try that kid Gehrig at first today and get you back in there tomorrow.” Gehrig played well and became the Yankees’ new starting first baseman. This story first appeared in a 1939 New York World-Telegram on Gehrig’s career, in which Pipp was interviewed. Pipp was later quoted to have said, “I took the two most expensive aspirin in history.“
Lou Gehrig went on to play 2130 consecutive games and became one of the most famous and respected baseball players in the history of the game. Pipp, while a good and powerful hitter in his day, became a footnote in Gehrig’s history.
The moral: In a competitive environment, there is always someone hungry waiting behind you. If you do not continue to push forward and develop yourself, there are folks waiting to overtake you.
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