1927 Season News

With an all-star lineup known as "Murderer's Row", the New York Yankees outscored its opponents by nearly four-hundred runs and hit .307 as a team. Babe Ruth set the original single season mark with sixty home runs which was more than any other American League team had combined. Outfield counterparts, Earle Combs in center and Bob Meusel in left, hit .356 and .337 respectively. Lou Gehrig had his first big season, batting .373 with forty-seven home runs and a league leading one-hundred seventy-five runs batted in. Second year man Tony Lazzeri ranked third in the loop with eighteen home runs.

On May 30th, Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson tossed the final shutout of his career (number one-hundred ten) with a three hit, 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The "Big Train" went on to retire at the end of the season, but eventually returned to the majors as a manager for both the Senators and Cleveland Indians.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Jimmy Cooney pulled off a rare unassisted triple play in the opener of a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cooney first caught a Paul Waner line drive, then stepped on second to retire brother Lloyd Waner and finally tagged Clyde Barnhart who was attempting to get back on first. Amazingly, the feat would be duplicated the following day by Detroit Tigers first baseman Johnny Nuen against the Cleveland Indians.

Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Paul Waner set a new National League record after finishing fourteen straight games with at least one long hit (twelve doubles, five triples, three home runs). The following day, his twenty-three game hitting streak also came to an end.

The New York Yankees grand finale for the 1927 season, the World Series, was the quickest ever played and lasted only seventy-four hours and fifteen minutes. They became the first American League team to sweep a World Series, and it was only the second four game sweep in World Series history (Braves over Athletics in 1914). The Yankees trailed a total of only two innings during the entire series out scoring the Pirates 23-10. Pittsburgh, only once, managed to score more than one run in an inning (during Game 4).
1927 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 110-44 -
Philadelphia Athletics 91-63 19.0
Washington Senators 85-69 25.0
Detroit Tigers 82-71 27.5
Chicago White Sox 70-83 39.5
Cleveland Indians 66-87 43.5
St. Louis Browns 59-94 50.5
Boston Red Sox 51-103 59.0
1927 National League
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 94-60 -
St. Louis Cardinals 92-61 1.5
New York Giants 92-62 2.0
Chicago Cubs 85-68 8.5
Cincinnati Reds 75-78 18.5
Brooklyn Robins 65-88 28.5
Boston Braves 60-94 34.0
Philadelphia Phillies 51-103 43.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 110 44 0.714 975 6.33 599 3.89 158 42 0.307 0.381 0.489 3.20 409 431 0.969 123
Philadelphia Athletics 91 63 0.591 841 5.46 726 4.71 56 65 0.303 0.369 0.414 3.97 442 553 0.969 124
Washington Senators 85 69 0.552 782 5.08 730 4.74 29 53 0.287 0.348 0.386 3.97 491 497 0.969 125
Detroit Tigers 82 71 0.536 845 5.52 805 5.26 51 52 0.289 0.360 0.409 4.14 577 421 0.967 173
Chicago White Sox 70 83 0.458 662 4.33 708 4.63 36 55 0.278 0.341 0.378 3.91 440 365 0.971 131
Cleveland Indians 66 87 0.431 668 4.37 766 5.01 26 37 0.283 0.332 0.379 4.27 508 366 0.968 146
St. Louis Browns 59 94 0.386 724 4.73 904 5.91 55 79 0.276 0.333 0.380 4.95 604 385 0.960 166
Boston Red Sox 51 103 0.331 597 3.88 856 5.56 28 56 0.259 0.315 0.357 4.72 558 381 0.964 162
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Pittsburgh Pirates 94 60 0.610 817 5.31 659 4.28 54 58 0.305 0.357 0.412 3.66 418 435 0.969 130
St. Louis Cardinals 92 61 0.601 754 4.93 665 4.35 84 72 0.278 0.340 0.408 3.57 363 394 0.966 170
New York Giants 92 62 0.597 817 5.31 720 4.68 109 77 0.297 0.352 0.427 3.97 453 442 0.969 160
Chicago Cubs 85 68 0.556 750 4.90 661 4.32 74 50 0.284 0.343 0.400 3.65 514 465 0.971 152
Cincinnati Reds 75 78 0.490 643 4.20 653 4.27 29 36 0.278 0.330 0.367 3.54 316 407 0.973 160
Brooklyn Robins 65 88 0.425 541 3.54 619 4.05 39 63 0.253 0.302 0.342 3.36 418 574 0.963 117
Boston Braves 60 94 0.390 651 4.23 771 5.01 37 43 0.279 0.323 0.363 4.22 468 402 0.963 130
Philadelphia Phillies 51 103 0.331 678 4.40 903 5.86 57 84 0.280 0.334 0.370 5.36 462 377 0.972 152