Following are even more major headlines from the 1927 baseball season, including the death of Urban Shocker.
Bob Meusel Nets 103 RBI
In 1927, Bob Meusel finished seventh in the American League in RBI with 103 (a distant third on his team). The Yankees were so deep offensively and so much stronger than the other clubs in the league that they outscored their opposition by nearly 400 runs.
Charlie Root Leads Majors in Wins
Charlie Root joined the Cubs in 1926 and remained with them through 1941, winning a club-record 201 games. In 1927, Root topped both leagues with 26 wins and 309 innings pitched. His four shutouts tied for second while his 145 strikeouts were 39 Ks behind the lead in the National League. When Root began to falter as a starter in the middle 1930s, he moved to the bullpen, where he twice led the National League in relief victories. He and catcher Gabby Hartnett were battery mates a record 15 years.
Yanks Get a Deal on Wilcy Moore
Wilcy Moore did not start his professional career until he was age 25. After four undistinguished years in the minors, he won 30 games in the South Atlantic Association in 1926. Purchased by Yankees general manager Ed Barrow for about $4,500, he proceeded to stand American League hitters on their heads in 1927, collecting a combined 32 wins and saves.
Ted Lyons Collects 22 Victories
After Ted Lyons retired, Ken Smith wrote: "For 21 years, Lyons pitched as though the White Sox were in pursuit of the pennant. It was a game of make-believe." During his long sojourn with the Sox, the club never once finished as high as second place. In 1927, Lyons tied for first place in the American League with 22 wins in 308 innings pitched.
Urban Shocker: Out in Style
Urban Shocker may have been the best pitcher in the American League during the 1920s. With his health failing, he was used sparingly by the Yankees in 1927; nevertheless, he won 18 games in just 200 innings. He made one relief appearance the following year, was too weakened to continue, and died before the season ended.
Earle Combs Leads Pack in Outfield
Although Earle Combs led all American League outfielders in putouts in 1927 and again in 1928, his arm was not the strongest; consequently, he was sometimes stationed in left field. Offensively, he was the perfect table-setter for Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and customarily ranked among the leaders in both runs (137 in 1927) and hits (231 that year, best in the loop).
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