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“SEND IN THE UNDERSTUDY!”
It’s the plot of dozens of Hollywood B-movies about show business. The star is unable to go on stage, and the frantic director tells our humble heroine to take her place. The heroine is a success and she becomes the new star.
The story is common in baseball too. A big player is injured or holds out and a lesser-known player takes his place. The most famous example of this, of course, is Lou Gehrig, who stepped in for Wally Pipp on his day off. But Gehrig was already a pretty big prospect when he got his big break and besides, Gehrig never played for the Cubs. Nope, the little understudy who got the opportunity in this case is none other than Jimmy Archer. His big break in 1909 led to him being the Cub catcher for the next eight seasons.
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