Year In Review : 1927 American League

O ff the field...

On August 23 rd , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants for a double murder. It was widely believed that the men's reputation as anarchists prevented them from receiving a fair trial and the case remains one of the most controversial in American history. On April 15, 1920, a paymaster for a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts, and his guard were shot and killed by two men who escaped with over $15,000. It was thought from reports of witnesses that the murderers were Italians. The suspects, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were later arrested. Neither, however, had a criminal record, nor was there any evidence of their having had any of the money. In July of 1921, they were found guilty after a trial in Dedham, Massachusetts, and sentenced to death. Years later it was determined that Sacco was probably guilty of the crime, but that Vanzetti was innocent.

American Aviator Charles Lindbergh astounded the world on May 21 st by landing in Paris after a solo flight from New York across the Atlantic in "The Spirit of St. Louis". Upon his return to the United States he received an unprecedented welcome, was promoted to colonel, and made a nationwide tour to foster popular interest in aviation. Lindbergh later married Anne Morrow, the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico and made several more historic flights with her. After the kidnapping and death of their son in 1932, the Lindberghs moved to England where Charles collaborated with Alexis Carrel on the invention of a perfusion pump that could maintain organs outside the body.

I n the American League...

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 30 th , 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.

I n the National League...

On May 3 rd , Jess Barnes (Brooklyn Dodgers) and Virgil Barnes (New York Giants) combined for the first match-up in Major League history between two brothers. Jess pitched the last seven innings, surrendering runs in the seventh and eighth, while Virgil allowed twelve hits in the first seven 2/3 innings, and finished with a 7-6 loss.

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.

A round the league...

During a May 14 th game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, a section of ten rows in the right field stands at the Baker Bowl collapsed spilling hundreds of fans onto spectators below. There are many injuries, but the one death that occurred was caused by the crowd's ensuing stampede, not the collapsing bleachers.

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).

"Sixty, count 'em, sixty. Let's see some son-of-a-bitch match that." - Babe Ruth on September 30, 1927
1927 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

137

Batting Average

Detroit

.398

Doubles

New York

52

Hits

New York

231

Home Runs

New York

60

On Base Percentage

New York

.486

RBI

New York

175

Runs

New York

158

Slugging Average

New York

.772

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

27

Total Bases

New York

447

Triples

New York

23

1927 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

30

ERA

New York

2.28

Games

Washington

58

Saves

Washington

13

New York

Shutouts

Washington

4

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

174

Winning Percentage

New York

.759

Wins

New York

22

Chicago

1927 American League

Team Standings

New York Yankees

110 44 .714 0

Philadelphia Athletics

91 63 .591 19

Washington Senators

85 69 .552 25

Detroit Tigers

82 71 .536

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

1927 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

635

Batting Average

New York

.307

Doubles

Cleveland

321

Hits

New York

1,644

Home Runs

New York

158

On Base Percentage

New York

.383

Runs

New York

975

Slugging Average

New York

.489

Stolen Bases

Detroit

139

Triples

New York

103

1927 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

85

ERA

New York

3.20

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,403

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

37

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

409

Saves

Philadelphia

24

Shutouts

New York

11

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

553



Trivia alert: 1927 was the season where a player hit more home runs than any other team in the league. That player was Babe Ruth , who finished with sixty, and the nearest team was the Washington Senators who finished with fifty-six long balls.

Many fans remember 1927 as the season were Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs , but did you know that on July 4, 1927 Lou Gehrig went deep twice and took over the league lead in home runs? The New York Telgram had ODDS FAVOR GEHRIG TO BEAT OUT RUTH IN HOME RUN DERBY as their next days headlines.

Other notable dates in 1927 included: May 31 - Johnny Neun uassissted triple play , May 31 - Jimmie Foxx hit his first career home run, July 18 - Ty Cobb had career hit number 4,000, August 2 - Walter Johnson Day in Washington D.C., and September 4 - Babe Ruth hit his four-hundredth career home run.

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