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1927 New York Yankees season

1927 New York Yankees
Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs
American League Champions
World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Yankee Stadium (since 1923)
  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert
    Manager(s) Miller Huggins
    Local television none
    Local radio 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 and were tied for first or better for the whole season.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

    Regular season

    File:Yankee Stadium 1927.jpg
    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

    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-b**** 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

    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

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    Roster

    1927 New York Yankees
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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

    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

    Starting pitchers

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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."[5]

    League leaders

    Franchise records

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

    Notes

    1. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1927-schedule-scores.shtml
    2. "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
    3. "The Best Major League Baseball Team Ever from 1902–2005". BaseballAlmanac.com. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/articles/best_major_league_teams_ever.shtml
    4. Bryson, Bill (2013), One Summer: America 1927, Doubleday, ISBN 978-0767919401, OCLC 841198242 
    5. "Review-The Week In Sports-Outlook". (September 28, 1925). The New York Times, Sports, p. 17.
    6. 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

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