After serving overseas with the army engineers during WWI, Pipgras became one of the Yankees’ most successful pitchers. The fastballer led the AL in wins (24), starts (38), innings (301), and hits allowed (314) in 1928, and in shutouts in 1930. The Yankees’ pitcher when Ruth supposedly called his home run shot in 1932, Pipgras won all of his WS starts (one each in 1927, 1928, and 1932), but when he was robbed in a railroad station, it was his 1923 World Series watch that was taken. Brother Ed had a brief stint with the Dodgers in 1932.
In 1938 Pipgras became an AL umpire. Once during a Browns-White Sox game, he ejected 17 players.