Born: December 12, 1902|
Died: March 7, 1981 (aged 78)|
North Augusta, South Carolina
|April 22, 1925 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|June 27, 1927 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||31|
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A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wanninger is best known as the player who ended one consecutive-game streak and helped start another. As a rookie, he replaced Everett Scott at shortstop for the Yankees on May 5, 1925 to end Scott's then major league record of 1,307 consecutive games. On June 1, 1925 Lou Gehrig started his famous 2,130 game consecutive streak when he pinch hit for Wanninger. For the season, Wanninger had a .247 average in a career-high 117 games.
Wanninger returned to the minor leagues for all of 1926. He was on the 1927 Red Sox Opening Day lineup and was obtained by Cincinnati in midseason. In a two-season career, Wanninger was a .234 hitter (130-for-556) with one home run and 31 RBI in 163 games, including 53 runs, 15 doubles, eight triples and five stolen bases.
He died at the age of 78 in North Augusta, South Carolina.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Player page from Baseball Library
- Everett Scott chronology from Baseball Library
- Lou Gehrig chronology from Baseball Library
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