WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM:
Dahlgren had the misfortune of replacing Lou Gehrig
at first base for the Yankees. That was never going to work out well, but Dahlgren spent a dozen seasons in the big leagues, even making the All-Star team when he was 31 years old for the Phillies. There were rumors that he was a pot smoker, which may have been the cause of his exile from the Yankees, but Babe’s son later defended his father. As a child, Babe had been hit in the head and suffered migraines the remainder of his life, it’s possible he remedied that pain through marijuana, but smoking funny cigarettes in those days was not common. Later, Dahlgren was a pioneer in the practical application of video in helping hitters. He was one of the first batting coaches to talk about launch angle.