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1927 New York Yankees
Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs
American League Champions
World Series Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1927 Information
Owner(s) Jacob Ruppert
Manager(s) Miller Huggins
Local television none
Local radio none

The New York Yankees' 1927 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 "Murderer's Row".

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Regular season

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.

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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-gun 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.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 110 44 .714 --
Philadelphia Athletics 91 63 .591 19
Washington Senators 85 69 .552 25
Detroit Tigers 82 71 .536 27½
Chicago White Sox 70 83 .458 39½
Cleveland Indians 66 87 .431 43½
St. Louis Browns 59 94 .386 50½
Boston Red Sox 51 103 .331 59

Roster

1927 New York Yankees roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log

1927 Game Log

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

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

Babe Ruth’s 60 Home Runs

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." [1]

League leaders

Franchise records

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

Notes

  1. ^ "Review-The Week In Sports-Outlook". (September 28, 1925). The New York Times, Sports, p. 17.
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

References

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New York Yankees
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American League Champions
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Succeeded by
New York Yankees
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Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
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World Series Champions
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Succeeded by
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