1927 October

1st  The Pirates clinch the NL flag, beating the Reds 9–6. They will finish 1 1⁄2 games ahead of the Cards and 2 in front of New York.

The Yankees win number 110, beating the Senators, 4–3.

The A’s sweep a pair over visiting Boston, winning 10–3 and 3–2. Al Simmons is 4-for-5 in the opener and 1–for-2 in the nitceap, but finishes 2nd in the batting race. Eddie Collins plays in game 2 and goes 4-for-4.

2nd The Phils beat the A’s 1–0 for the benefit of the Eddie Plank Memorial Fund.

The Tigers take a pair from the Indians, winning 11–5 and 5–4. Heilmann slams 2 homers, 3 doubles and 2 singles. With the batting title in his pocket, he chooses to play the 2nd game. His 7-for-9 puts him at .398 to Philadelphia’s Al Simmons’ .392. It is the 4th time he will win an alternate-year championship.

Helped by 5 errors, the Senators down the A’s, 9–5. A’s 3B Jimmy Dykes pitches the 8th inning for Philley and gives up an unearned run on OF Rusty Saunders’ second error of the game. Saunders also plays basketball for Washington’s pro team. Rookie Babe Ganzel, son of 19th century star Chick, has 4 hits, including a double and triple, to pace the Nats. Babe, who debuted on September 19, hits .438 this year in 13 games, but will go .077 in 10 games next year and be dropped.

Jack Fenton sets a PCL record with three triples in Oakland’s 12-6 victory over San Francisco.

5th  With 158 HRs, a .307 team BA, and 6 winning pitchers, the Yanks are the Series favorite. But the Pirates are no slouches with a team BA of .305. OF Kiki Cuyler, a .309 hitter, will see no action in the Series, being passed over for a lighter-hitting OF, as he and manager Donie Bush feud.

Pittsburgh’s Ray Kremer (19-8) opens the WS against Waite Hoyt (22-7). In the 3rd, 2 walks and 2 Pirates errors help the Yankees to 3 runs and a 4–1 lead. With 9 hits, the Pirates come close, but the final is 5–4 New York.

6th  Two 3-run outbursts by the Yankees off Vic Aldridge (15-10) and a steady 7-hitter by surprise New York starter George Pipgras (10-3) give the Yankees a 6–2 win. Mark Koenig has 3 hits.

7th  The 60,695 on hand for game 3 see the Yankees’ Herb Pennock (19-8) take an 8–0 lead and a perfect game into the 8th. He retires Glenn Wright, the 22nd straight batter, but Pie Traynor breaks the spell with a single, and Clyde Barnhart doubles him home. Pennock settles for a 3-hit 8–1 victory.

8th  Down 3–0, the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner, Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th, Ruth’s 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3–1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th, Combs walks, Mark Koenig beats out a bunt, and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri, a wild pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth’s .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner’s .400 tops the Bucs.

11th  Lou Gehrig, who established a new ML record with 175 RBI, is named AL MVP. With 56 points, Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann’s 35 and Ted Lyons’s 34. Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible. Research done in 2011 by Herm Krabbenhoft will offer a compelling argument that Gehrig’s total should be 173 RBIs with RBI miscounts on August 17 (0 not 1); August 25 (4 not 3); September 5 G1 (3 not 4) and September 7 (2 not 3).

12th  In the opening game of the Negro League WS, the Bacharach Giants’ Luther Farrell pitches a 3–2 no-hit win over the Chicago American Giants. The game is played in a drizzle and shortened to 7 innings because of darkness.

13th  Dave Bancroft resigns as Braves manager; he will play for Brooklyn.

14th  Walter Johnson retires as a player. In two weeks, he will sign a 2-year contract to manage Newark (IL).

17th  Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president after heading the league he started for its first 28 years. His endless battles with Landis and the team owners had eroded his power. Detroit’s president Frank Navin is named acting president.

22nd  Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, one of John McGraw’s favorite players, dies of Bright’s disease at age 30, cutting short a 10-year career in which he batted .322. Youngs had been accompanied by a specialist as early as 1924, and after the illness had been identified, the Giants hired a nurse to travel with Youngs. He was bedridden in 1927, after appearing in just 95 games in 1926.

23rd  Bill Purdy, who hit .355 in his 2nd year with the Reds, scores a touchdown for the Green Bay Packers against the New York Yankees. Purdy’s score comes on a 5-yard run.

24th  August “Garry” Herrmann, former chairman of the National Commission and 25-year Reds president, resigns.

25th  Heinie Groh retires after being released by the Pirates; he signs to manage in the minors.