1927 New York Yankees season

1927 New York Yankees season

MLB yearly infobox-pre1969‎
name = New York Yankees
season = 1927
misc = Babe Ruth hits 60 Home Runs
American League Champions
World Series Champions

current league = American League
y1 = 1901
ballpark = Yankee Stadium
y4 = 1923
city = New York City, New York
y5 = 1903
owners = Jacob Ruppert
managers = Miller Huggins
television = none
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 nicknamed "Murderer's Row".

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.

Babe Ruth

With the race long since decided, the nation's attention turned to Ruth's pursuit of his own home run mark of 59. 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-bitch 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.

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