YEAR IN REVIEW : 1927 National League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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).

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I played baseball because I could make more money doing that than I could doing anything else." - Hall of Famer Bill Terry

1927 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
86
Pittsburgh
.380
Chicago
46
Pittsburgh
237
Philadelphia
30
Chicago
New York
.448
Pittsburgh
131
Runs
New York
133
Pittsburgh
St. Louis
.590
St. Louis
48
Pittsburgh
342
Pittsburgh
18

1927 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
25
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn
Pittsburgh
2.47
Chicago
48
Philadelphia
St. Louis
6
St. Louis
6
Brooklyn
184
Boston
.708
New York
Chicago
26

1927 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates 94 60 .610 0
St.Louis Cardinals 92 61 .601
New York Giants 92 62 .597 2
Chicago Cubs 85 68 .556
Cincinnati Reds 75 78 .490 18½
Brooklyn Robins 65 88 .425 28½
Boston Braves 60 94 .390 34
Philadelphia Phillies 51 103 .331 43

1927 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
484
Pittsburgh
.305
Chicago
266
Pittsburgh
1,648
New York
109
Pittsburgh
.361
Runs
New York
817
Pittsburgh
New York
.427
St. Louis
110
St. Louis
79

1927 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
90
Brooklyn
3.36
Fewest Hits Allowed
Brooklyn
1,382
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
36
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cincinnati
316
New York
16
St. Louis
14
Brooklyn
574
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On April 12, 1927, Bill Terry of the New York Giants made history when during the fifth inning he connected for the first EVER Opening Day grand slam.

On May 30, 1927, Jimmy Cooney , the Cubs's shortstop, caught a liner hit by Paul Waner to record the first out in the fourth inning of a game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Immediately after he caught the hard hit ball, Cooney stepped on second were Lloyd Waner was once standing (second out). Then Cooney casually tagged Clyde Barnhart who was coming in hard from first and the unassisted triple play was "in the books."

On July 27, 1927, future 500 Home Runs Club member Mel Ott went deep for the first time in his Major League career. However, did you know that it was also an inside the park home run AND the only time he would hit an inside the park variation during his big league career?

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