1927 New York Yankees season

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1927 New York Yankees
Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs
American League Champions
World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert
Manager(s) Miller Huggins
Local television none
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The 1927 New York Yankees season was their 25th season. The team finished with a record of 110–44, winning their fifth pennant and finishing 19 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they swept the Pittsburgh Pirates. This Yankee team is known for their feared lineup, which was nicknamed "Murderers' Row". This team is widely considered to be the best baseball team in the history of MLB.[1][2][3]

Regular season[edit]

Yankee Stadium in 1927.

The Yankees' 110 victories broke the previous American League mark of 105 (set by the 1912 Boston Red Sox) and would stand as the American League single-season record until it was broken by the Cleveland Indians in 1954.

This was the first year the Yankees acknowledged their team nickname on their uniforms, albeit their road uniforms. Their home uniforms remained free of any kind of logo except for the "NY" on their caps.

The roster included seven future Hall of Famers: Pitchers Herb Pennock and Waite Hoyt, Infielders Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri, outfielders Babe Ruth and Earle Combs, and Manager Miller Huggins.

Babe Ruth[edit]

With the race long since decided, the nation's attention turned to Babe Ruth's pursuit of his own home run mark of 59, set in 1921. Early in the season, Ruth expressed doubts about his chances: "I don't suppose I'll ever break that 1921 record. To do that, you've got to start early, and the pitchers have got to pitch to you. I don't start early, and the pitchers haven't really pitched to me in four seasons. I get more bad balls to hit than any other five men...and fewer good ones." Ruth was also being challenged for his slugger's crown by teammate Lou Gehrig, who nudged ahead of Ruth's total in midseason, prompting the New York World-Telegram to anoint Gehrig the favorite. But Ruth caught Gehrig (who would finish with 47), and then had a remarkable last leg of the season, hitting 17 home runs in September. His 60th came on September 30, in the Yankees' next-to-last game. Ruth was exultant, shouting after the game, "Sixty, count 'em, sixty! Let's see some son-of-a-bitch match that!" In later years, he would give Gehrig some credit: "Pitchers began pitching to me because if they passed me they still had Lou to contend with." In addition to his career-high 60 home runs, Ruth batted .356, drove in 164 runs and slugged .772.

Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs[edit]

HR Date Pitcher
1 April 15, 1927 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke
2 April 23, 1927 Walberg, RubeRube Walberg
3 April 24, 1927 Thurston, SloppySloppy Thurston
4 April 29, 1927 Harriss, SlimSlim Harriss
5 May 1, 1927 Quinn, JackJack Quinn
6 May 1, 1927 Walberg, RubeRube Walberg
7 May 10, 1927 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston
8 May 11, 1927 Nevers, ErnieErnie Nevers
9 May 17, 1927 Collins, RipRip Collins
10 May 22, 1927 Karr, BennBenn Karr
11 May 23, 1927 Thurston, SloppySloppy Thurston
12 May 28, 1927 Thurston, SloppySloppy Thurston
13 May 29, 1927 MacFayden, DannyDanny MacFayden
14 May 30, 1927 Walberg, RubeRube Walberg
15 May 31, 1927 Quinn, JackJack Quinn
16 May 31, 1927 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke
17 June 5, 1927 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill
18 June 7, 1927 Thomas, TommyTommy Thomas
19 June 11, 1927 Buckeye, GarlandGarland Buckeye
20 June 11, 1927 Buckeye, GarlandGarland Buckeye
21 June 12, 1927 Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle
22 June 16, 1927 Zachary, TomTom Zachary
23 June 22, 1927 Wiltse, HalHal Wiltse
24 June 22, 1927 Wiltse, HalHal Wiltse
25 June 30, 1927 Harriss, SlimSlim Harriss
26 July 3, 1927 Lisenbee, HodHod Lisenbee
27 July 8, 1927 Hankins, DonDon Hankins
28 July 9, 1927 Holloway, KenKen Holloway
29 July 9, 1927 Holloway, KenKen Holloway
30 July 12, 1927 Shaute, JoeJoe Shaute
31 July 24, 1927 Thomas, TommyTommy Thomas
32 July 26, 1927 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston
33 July 27, 1927 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston
34 July 28, 1927 Stewart, LeftyLefty Stewart
35 August 5, 1927 Smith, GeorgeGeorge Smith
36 August 10, 1927 Zachary, TomTom Zachary
37 August 16, 1927 Thomas, TommyTommy Thomas
38 August 17, 1927 Connally, SargeSarge Connally
39 August 20, 1927 Miller, JakeJake Miller
40 August 22, 1927 Shaute, JoeJoe Shaute
41 August 27, 1927 Nevers, ErnieErnie Nevers
42 August 28, 1927 Wingard, ErnieErnie Wingard
43 August 31, 1927 Welzer, TonyTony Welzer
44 September 2, 1927 Walberg, RubeRube Walberg
45 September 6, 1927 Welzer, TonyTony Welzer
46 September 6, 1927 Welzer, TonyTony Welzer
47 September 6, 1927 Russell, JackJack Russell
48 September 7, 1927 MacFayden, DannyDanny MacFayden
49 September 7, 1927 Harriss, SlimSlim Harriss
50 September 11, 1927 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston
51 September 13, 1927 Hudlin, WillisWillis Hudlin
52 September 13, 1927 Shaute, JoeJoe Shaute
53 September 16, 1927 Blankenship, TedTed Blankenship
54 September 18, 1927 Lyons, TedTed Lyons
55 September 21, 1927 Gibson, SamSam Gibson
56 September 22, 1927 Holloway, KenKen Holloway
57 September 27, 1927 Grove, LeftyLefty Grove
58 September 29, 1927 Lisenbee, HodHod Lisenbee
59 September 29, 1927 Hopkins, PaulPaul Hopkins
60 September 30, 1927 Zachary, TomTom Zachary

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 110 44 0.714 57–19 53–25
Philadelphia Athletics 91 63 0.591 19 50–27 41–36
Washington Senators 85 69 0.552 25 51–28 34–41
Detroit Tigers 82 71 0.536 27½ 44–32 38–39
Chicago White Sox 70 83 0.458 39½ 38–37 32–46
Cleveland Indians 66 87 0.431 43½ 35–42 31–45
St. Louis Browns 59 94 0.386 50½ 38–38 21–56
Boston Red Sox 51 103 0.331 59 29–49 22–54


Roster[edit]

1927 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Collins, PatPat Collins 92 251 69 .275 7 36
1B Gehrig, LouLou Gehrig 155 584 218 .373 47 175
2B Lazzeri, TonyTony Lazzeri 153 570 176 .309 18 102
3B Dugan, JoeJoe Dugan 112 387 104 .269 2 43
SS Koenig, MarkMark Koenig 123 526 150 .285 3 62
OF Combs, EarleEarle Combs 152 648 231 .356 6 64
OF Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth 151 540 192 .356 60 164
OF Meusel, BobBob Meusel 135 516 174 .337 8 103

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Grabowski, JohnnyJohnny Grabowski 70 195 54 .277 0 25
Morehart, RayRay Morehart 73 195 50 .256 1 20
Durst, CedricCedric Durst 65 129 32 .248 0 25
Gazella, MikeMike Gazella 54 115 32 .278 0 9
Bengough, BennyBenny Bengough 31 85 21 .247 0 10
Paschal, BenBen Paschal 50 82 26 .317 2 16
Wera, JulieJulie Wera 38 42 10 .238 1 8

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt 36 256.3 22 7 2.63 86
Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker 31 200 18 6 2.84 35
Pennock, HerbHerb Pennock 34 209.7 19 8 3.00 51
Ruether, DutchDutch Ruether 27 184 13 6 3.38 45
Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras 29 166.3 10 3 4.11 81

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Moore, WilcyWilcy Moore 50 213 19 7 2.28 75
Thomas, MylesMyles Thomas 21 88.7 7 4 4.87 25

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey 19 2 3 4 2.89 23
Giard, JoeJoe Giard 16 0 0 0 8.00 10
Beall, WalterWalter Beall 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

1927 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1927 World Series
Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYY-PIT)

Attendance
1 October 5 New York Yankees 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 1–0 41,467
2 October 6 New York Yankees 6 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 2–0 41,634
3 October 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 New York Yankees 8 3–0 60,695
4 October 8 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 New York Yankees 4 4–0 57,909
New York Yankees win 4–0

Awards and honors[edit]

Since a voter could select only one player per team, two good candidates from the same team could find their votes split and both of their chances of winning hurt. In addition, the clause prohibiting repeat winners led to unusual results like Babe Ruth's 1927 (one of the greatest offensive seasons of all time) not being eligible for the award. As The New York Times wrote in 1925, "[T]he purpose, of course, is to pass the honor around, but the effect is to pass an empty honor around."[4]

League leaders[edit]

Franchise records[edit]

  • Earle Combs, Yankees single season record, triples in a season (23)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Verducci's Top 10 Teams of All Time". SportsIllustrated.com http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1003/mlb.verducci.top.10.teams.all.time/content.1.html
  2. ^ "The Best Major League Baseball Team Ever from 1902-2005". BaseballAlmanac.com. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/articles/best_major_league_teams_ever.shtml
  3. ^ Bryson, Bill (2013), One Summer: America 1927, Doubleday, ISBN 978-0767919401, OCLC 841198242 
  4. ^ "Review-The Week In Sports-Outlook". (September 28, 1925). The New York Times, Sports, p. 17.
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

References[edit]

Preceded by
New York Yankees
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American League Champions
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Succeeded by
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