1927 World Series

Fans in 1927 witnessed the play of what many baseball historians consider to be the greatest team in the history of baseball, The 1927 New York Yankees. With an all-star lineup known as "Murderer's Row", New York outscored its opponents by nearly four-hundred runs and hit .307 as a team. Babe Ruth, perhaps the greatest ever, set the original single season mark with sixty homeruns which was more than any other American League team had combined. The Sultan of Swat also had plenty of help from his fellow sluggers in pinstripes. 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 homers and a league leading one-hundred seventy-five RBIs. Second year man Tony Lazzeri ranked third in the loop with eighteen homers. The pitching staff boasted four men who won eighteen or more wins, led by Waite Hoyt at 22-7. Herb Pennock and Wilcy Moore gained nineteen victories apiece while Urban Shocker added eighteen. This lethal trio complemented the dominant offense by claiming the league's three best ERAs. Moore, who pitched primarily in relief, led the way with a 2.28 mark. With a 110-44 record, the Bronx Bombers ran away with the American League pennant, winning by a staggering nineteen games.

On the National League side, the Pittsburgh Pirates had managed a pennant, but were clearly not the caliber that New York represented. Game 1 opened at Forbes Field, but the "homefield advantage" offered the Pirates little comfort in a 5-4 loss that was highlighted by several crucial fielding errors by the home team. Little changed in Game 2 as the Yankees netted another 6-2 victory off the arm of George Pipgras who beat Pittsburgh's Vic Aldridge, Mike Cvengros and Joe Dawson.

Herb Pennock, who entered Game 3 with a 4-0 Series record, went the distance for the third outing mowing down the first twenty-two Pirates he faced - the closest thing to a perfect game in a World Series until Don Larsen in 1956. The result was an 8-1 triumph that left the Yankees one win away from sweeping the Series and reclaiming their crown.

Game 4 was anyone's for nine innings as neither team blinked in a 3-3 stalemate. Pittsburgh manager, Donie Bush, had turned to Carmen Hill, who had peaked in 1927 as the ace of his pitching staff. Hill had never won more than three games, but in 1927 he chalked up twenty-two. New York's Miller Huggins went with Wilcy Moore, a promising rookie who had made only twelve starts in his fifty appearances. Both had planned to go the distance, but the mental fatigue was starting to take its toll.

Pittsburgh's John Miljus came in as relief in the seventh inning and looked strong until the ninth. Earle Combs walked and Mark Koenig beat out a bunt to advance the runner. Ruth was walked intentionally after a wild pitch advanced the runners and left first base vacant, filling the bases with no outs and Lou Gehrig coming up next. Miljus managed to strike out the next two batters, but threw a disastrous second wild pitch to Tony Lazzeri, scoring Combs and ending the game. The Yankees had won their second championship title and the crowning achievement to a magnificent season. They also became the first team ever to sweep the National League in a World Series.

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1927 World Series

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1927 World Series Official Program

New York Yankees (4) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (0)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
41,467
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
41,634
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
60,695
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
57,909
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1927 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 1
Pittsburgh 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 9 2
Waite Hoyt (W)
Wilcy Moore (8 th )
Ray Kremer (L)
Johnny Miljus (6 th )
None None

1927 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 11 0
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 2
George Pipgras (W)
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-
Vic Aldridge (L)
Mike Cvengros (8 th )
Joe Dawson (9 th )
None None

1927 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 x 8 9 0
Lee Meadows (L)
Mike Cvengros (7 th )
Herb Pennock (W)
-
None Babe Ruth (7 th )

1927 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 10 1
New York 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 12 2
Carmen Hill
Johnny Miljus (L, 7 th )
Wilcy Moore (W)
-
None Babe Ruth (5 th )

1927 World Series

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1927 World Series

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130
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1927 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

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1927 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

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The 1927 New York Yankees led the American League in runs scored, hits, triples, home runs, base on balls, batting average, slugging average and on base percentage. The 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates led the National League in runs, hits, batting average and on base percentage. When comparing the two together, the Pirates only led in hits.

Did you know that this particular World Series was the first time in which the American League team swept ( click here to see all World Series sweeps ) the National League team?

Game 4 had the same script when New York took a 3-1 lead by the fifth inning. The Pirates took advantage of two errors and tied the game during the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, Johnny Miljus of Pittsburgh loaded the bases and the Yanks had no outs. Miljus settled in and struck out Lou Gehrig for the first out then struck out Bob Meusel for the second out. Tony Lazzeri waved in the winning run at the plate when Miljus threw a wild pitch that allowed Earle Combs to score from third.

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