The 1927 baseball season ranks at the very top for the New York Yankees ballclub. Other players had a banner year as well. Here are some of the headlines from 1927.
Pitcher Walter Johnson Hits .348
As a pitcher, Walter Johnson was nearly done in 1927, winning just five games and tallying a 5.10 ERA. As a batter, he continued to be one of the most potent hitting hurlers of all time right to the end. His .348 batting average and .522 slugging average that year pumped up his lifetime hit total to 549 and home run total to 24. Johnson retired after 1927 with 416 career wins; only Cy Young won more. Johnson still holds the all-time record for shutouts with 110.
Johnny Neun Posts His Best Year
A first baseman who could hit well for average, Johnny Neun was relegated to the minors for most of his career. Almost all of his noteworthy accomplishments in the majors came in 1927; in addition to his unassisted triple play, he stole five bases in a game against the Yankees and swiped home in both ends of a doubleheader against the Senators.
Travis Jackson Super at SS
A solid defensive shortstop, the Giants' Travis Jackson enjoyed one of his best offensive seasons in 1927 (.318 average, 14 homers, and 98 RBI). In his 14-year Hall of Fame career, Jackson helped his team to four pennants. His World Series stats, though, were rather embarrassing. He managed only nine singles and a double in 67 series at-bats (.149 average).
Barnes Bros. Square Off
Brothers Virgil Barnes and Jesse Barnes were teammates on the Giants ballclub early in their careers before Jesse was swapped to the Braves, and on several occasions the two appeared on the mound in the same game. On May 3, 1927, they became the first brothers in the major leagues to pair off against one another as starting pitchers.
Rookie Lloyd Waner Nets 223 Hits
Lloyd Waner was a rookie sensation in 1927, hitting .355 with a league-leading 133 runs scored and a rookie-record 223 hits. He was good for about a hit and a half per game in each of his first five seasons. After that, he was little more than an average outfielder whose main strength was striking out almost as rarely as Joe Sewell. In 1941, as a part-time player, Waner came to bat 219 times without fanning once.
Find even more major headlines from the 1927 baseball season in the next section.