|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).
|American League Team Stats|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|