1927 April

1st  Giants SS Travis Jackson has an appendicitis operation that puts him out of action for 6 weeks.

8th  Four days before the season opens, NL club representatives meet to resolve the question of the Giants Rogers Hornsby retaining his shares of stock in the St. Louis Cardinals. After a lengthy meeting, Hornsby breaks the impasse by agreeing to sell his stock in the Cardinals for $100,000, plus $12,000 for legal fees. He receives $86,000 from Cards’ owner Sam Breadon, $2,000 from each of the other 7 NL clubs, and an extra $12,000 from the Giants.

12th  President Calvin Coolidge throws out the first ball in Washington before the Red Sox win 6–2. Walter Johnson, sidelined with an injury sustained March 10th, misses his last chance to pitch an opener, after winning 9 of 14, including 7 shutouts. Tris Speaker, playing his first game for the Senators, is 2-for-5.

After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball in New York, 65,000 watch the Yankees batter Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove, 8–3, the biggest Opening Day crowd ever. After four runless innings, the Yanks score four in the 5th and four more in the 6th. In the 6th inning Ben Paschal pinch hits for Babe Ruth and singles against Grove, then goes out to RF. Paschal will pinch hit for Gehrig on several occasions this year. Ruth, with 2 strikeouts and a pop up in 3 at bats against Grove, will later say he did not feel well. It is the 6th and last time he is pinch hit for. Waite Hoyt goes all the way for New York, walking three and allowing eight hits, including a 9th inning pinch single by Zack Wheat, longtime Brooklyn favorite. The Yankees will share or hold first place from the first day of the race to the last; a feat unmatched in the AL until the 1984 Tigers.

In Philadelphia, the Giants, led by Bill Terry, open with a 15–7 pounding of the Phillies. Terry drives in 6 runs and hits the first-ever grand slam on Opening Day as he connects off Hal Carlson in the 5th inning. Hornsby and George Harper also homer and Ty Tyson goes 5-for-6 for the Giants, including 2 doubles and a triple.

Before 42,000 in Chicago, the Cubs overwhelm the Cardinals, the defending world champs, 10–1. Earl Webb, brought up from Louisville paces the attack with 2 home runs—just the 2nd player in ML history to do so—while Charley Grimm also homers, Charley Root is the winner over Grover Cleveland Alexander.

At Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer stops the Reds, 2–1. Pete Donohue takes the loss.

At Wrigley Field, the Cards Willie Sherdel allows just 2 hits in winning his first game of the year, 5-0. The Cards will throw another two-hitter at the Cubs in two days.

15th Babe Ruth hits his first homer of the year, off Howard Ehmke in the 1st, in New York’s 6–3 victory over the visiting Athletics. Herb Pennock goes the distance for the win.

Willie Sherdel allows just two Chicago hits but one is a HR by Hack Wilson into the CF bleachers at Wrigley. Sherdel and the Cards lose, 1-0, to Percy Jones.

17th At St. Louis, the Browns take a 5–3 lead into the 9th inning, then watch as the White Sox score 9 runs to win 12–5. Pinch hitter Bob Way has a single and 2 runs scored in the frame, while Peck has 4 singles.

At New York, Lou Gehrig has 2 homers and a single to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees roll over the Red Sox, 14–2. Jack Tobin homers off winner Waite Hoyt.

18th The Browns edge the visiting White Sox, 5-4, as both pitchers hit homers, the first time since 1901. Ten Blankenship goes deep for the Sox, and Milt Gaston matches him for the Browns.

19th On the front end of a triple steal, Ty Cobb swipes home for the first time in 3 years to help the A’s top the Senators, 3–1. Howard Ehmke allows 8 hits in winning.

21st Washington’s George Murray (1-0) and Garland Braxton combine to beat the Red Sox, 7-4. It is Murray’s only win of the year. Jack Tobin hits a grand slam in the 6th off Murray.

23rd At Philadelphia, Rube Walberg gives up successive homers to Ruth and Gehrig in the 1st inning, but holds on for a 4–3 A’s win. Yankee SS Mark Koenig’s wild throw in the 9th allows the winning run to score.

24th  In a PCL doubleheader, Portland’s Elmer Smith hits a pair of homers in each game as the Beavers sweep the Missions, 5-3 and 7-6. Smith will lead the PCL in homers with 40.

26th  In Boston, forty-year-old Ty Cobb is the whole show as he has 3 hits for the A’s, scores 2, drives in the winning run, and steals home in the 7thinning. He tops that off with a 9th-inning shoestring catch in shallow RF and then nabs Jacobson off first for an unassisted DP to end the game, a 9–8 squeaker over Boston. It is the 2nd unassisted DP in Cobb’s career and his 2nd steal of home this month.

28th  The Giants take first place in the NL when the Cubs rake Pirates pitching for 17 hits and 8 walks in a 16–4 win. New York tips Boston, 4–3, on a 6th inning HR by Edd Roush and successive doubles.

The Phils twice overcome Brooklyn leads to beat the Robins, 8–4. Russ Wrightstone has 3 hits, including a 9th inning grand slam for the visitors. Rube Ehrhardt serves up the homer.