1927 September

1st The Pirates take over 1st place by beating the visiting Cubs, 4–3. Joe Harris has a double and HR to back the Bucs Lee Meadows. Both Waners cut down runners with throws in the 2nd and 3rd innings.

2nd  The Cardinals bring Rabbit Maranville back from the minors, buying him from Rochester (IL).

For the second time this year, Ruth and Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A’s Rube Walberg, as the Yanks roll, 12–2. The duo has connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind Ruth. Trade rumors fill the NY papers. Speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players change addresses.

At Pittsburgh, Ray Kremer outpitches Pete Alexander to give the Pirates a 5–2 win over the Cardinals. The Waners combine for 7 hits.

3rd  A’s ace Lefty Grove pitches his only shutout of the year, beating the host Yankees 1–0, on three hits. Ruth has a pair of singles in the Yankees only shutout of the year. The Yanks still lead by 17 games.

On Hogan-Gautreau day at Boston, Doc Gautreau of the Braves is given a sedan while Shanty is handed $1450 in cash. Gautreau then shows he doesn’t need a car to get around as he steals home twice in game 1 against Brooklyn to tie the ML record. This feat won’t be repeated until Vic Power does it in 1958. The Braves win, 4–3, in 11 innings, swiping 7 bases in the process. Kent Greenfield wins his own game with a run-scoring single. There are 12 steals for the afternoon with Brooklyn taking the nitecap, 6–4.

The hot Pirates clip the Cardinals, 14–0, behind Carmen Hill’s 20th win of the year. The Waners have 5 hits, Grantham has 4, and Traynor has 3 hits and 3 runs.

4th  At Philadelphia, Babe Ruth hits his 44th homer of the season, and the 400th of his career, off Rube Walberg. The Yankees cruise to a win, 11–2.

In a ML first, Paul and Lloyd Waner hit homers for first place Pittsburgh in the 5th inning at Cincinnati’s Redland Field, and both are “bounce home runs”—fair balls that bounce into the stands are HRs in the NL until 1930. Paul leads off with a slice down the short LF line for a bounce homer, and then Clyde Barnhart makes an out. Brother Lloyd then slices one almost exactly in the same spot as his brother’s drive, the first time in history that two brothers have homered in the same inning or game. The Pirates beat the Reds’ Dolf Luque, 8–4, opening a 2-game lead in the NL.

5th In the first of two at Fenway, the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the Red Sox emerge the winners, 12–11. Buddy Myers’ double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York scores a pair in the top of the 9thg to tie, and then there is no scoring until the 17thwhen both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing, a future Yankee, goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse is the winner over Waite Hoyt. New York wins the abbreviated nitecap, 5–0, with Wiltse taking the loss.

Before a crowd of 58,000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Braves. Boston wins the opener, 6–1 with Braves righty Charlie Robertson outpitching Virgil Barnes. The loss is the first in 11 games for New York. The Giants win a 9–8 decision in the nitecap, coming from behind on Jack Cummings’ RBI double in the bottom of the 9th. George Harper has a pair of homers for the Giants. The Giants end the day just a game in back of the leading Pirates.

6th At Fenway Park, the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair, with New York rolling to a 14–2 win in the opener behind Babe Ruth. Gehrig takes the home run lead with a 5th inning homer off Tony Welzer. But the Babe responds with two homers, in the 6th and 7th, the former a drive over the centerfield fence that is called “the longest ever hit at Fenway” (The Sporting News). Both shots also come against Welzer. Ruth hits his 3rd of the day, number 47, in the nitecap, off Jack Russell, but the terrier nips New York, 5–2. There will be 34 homers hit at Fenway this season, but only 5 by the Sox. Ruth will hit 8, Gehrig 6, the only NY HRs hit there.

At Detroit, the White Sox bash the Tigers, 9-6, as Bill Barrett hits a grand slam for Chicago in the 7th, off George Smith.

7th  After clouting 3 HRs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox yesterday, Ruth hits 2 today, against Danny MacFayden, in a 12–10 win. This gives him a ML record-tying 5 in 3 games and he now leads Gehrig 49 HRs to 45. Gehrig will hit just two more for the year.

In a showdown in St. Louis, the Cardinals trip the Cubs, 6-2 in game 1 as Fred Frankhouse makes his ML debut and earns the win. Les Bell has a homer and 5 RBIs: he’ll drive in another 5 on the 9th. Sheriff Blake restores order in game 2, winning 8-4, as Hack Wilson hits two homers. The split leaves the Cardinals 2 games in back of the Pirates, and the Cubs 2 ½ back.

8th The A’s Lefty Grove beats Detroit, 9–1 and holds Harry Heilmann, hitting .395, hitless. Grove shows the batting leader how it’s done, going 2-for-3, with a HR, 3 RBIs, and a stolen base. Heilmann will go 0-for-12 before his next hit, and then finish 0-for-7, while Gehrig will manage one hit in 13 at bats. Al Simmons, off the DL on September 6, will take over as the batting leader.

10th The Yankees win their 21st game of the year against the Browns, but it doesn’t come easy. New York wins, 1–0. Wilcey Moore outduels Stewart. Lazzeri scores in the 8th after hitting a double, followed by successive sacrifices.

The Cards take advantage of the Giants’ loss to Chicago by turning back the Robins, 5–2, behind Pete Alexander’s 19th win. Pete allows just 2 hits through 7 innings before allowing a score.

At Pittsburgh, Ray Kremer shuts out the Phils, 4–0, to preserve Pitt’s slim lead in the NL. Ulrich is the loser.

11th  After losing a record 21 in a row this year to New York, the Browns win their last meeting, 6–2, at Yankee Stadium behind Milt Gaston’s 5-hitter. One of the two runs allowed by the ex-Yankee is the Babe’s 50thhomer, a solo shot in the 4th inning. No team has ever swept a 22-game season series, though one NL team, the 1909 Braves, went 1–21 against the Cubs.

White Sox CF Johnny Mostil plays his first full game of the year going 1-for-6 in a 12-inning, 6–5 loss to the Senators, the 2nd of 12 straight losses for Chicago. Mostil has been out all season since slashing his wrists in spring training, allegedly because his girl friend left him for his roommate Bill Barrett. Mostil will make 13 appearances this season, playing a full game just once more, on the last day of the year. With a 300+ lifetime average, the fleet outfielder will not reach that mark again.

12th  Carmen Hill wins his 21st as the first-place Pirates beat the Phillies, 3-2. Hill is 5-0 against the Phillies.

The second place Cardinals stay 2 games back with a 2-0 win over Brooklyn. Jim Bottomley connects for a 2-run homer off Jumbo Elliot to back Art Reinhart’s pitching.

13th  Babe Ruth hits two (51 & 52), and the Yankees win a pair by 5–3 scores from Cleveland to clinch the AL pennant with a 98-41 record and 17-game lead. It is Miller Huggins’ 5th pennant, tying him with Connie Mack. Waite Hoyt scatters 10 hits and wins his 20th in the nitecap. He will finish at 22–7, the only 20–game winner on the team.

14th New York and St. Louis remain deadlocked for 2nd place, splitting a pair for the 2nd day in a row. The Cards win the lidlifter, 6–3, in 10 innings on a 3-run walkoff homer by Chick Hafey prompting a shower of straw hats. After relieving Alexander, Littlejohn allows no runs in 2 innings to win, prompting his start in game 2. He weakens in the 6th and the Giants win, 9–3, giving Littlejohn a split for the day as well.

At Wrigley Field, Max Carey provides the margin of victory with a grand slam in the 3rd off Percy Jones in Brooklyn’s 10-6 win over the Cubs. Carey last hit a grand slam in 1912, a ML record 15 years between the two four-run clouts.

16th Despite the A’s 6th win in a row—a 6–3 decision over the Browns—A’s owner Connie Mack has a loud-mouthed fan arrested for jeering. Mack contends that the vocal roarings of Harry Donnelly caused the thin-skinned Billy Lamar to be released, and injured the nervous systems of Sammy Hale and OF Zack Wheat. Mack contends that the fans’ yelling caused several fielding errors to be made. Donnelly is held for disturbing the peace. Ty Cobb has three singles and a steal in the game and now has 13 hits in his last 18 at bats.

The first place Yankees top the White Sox, 7–2, as 30-year-old rookie pitcher Wilcy Moore hits his first and only homerun, off Ted Blankenship. Babe Ruth, who watched Moore look futile in batting practice throughout the season, had promised the pitcher that he’d give him $300 if he ever hit a homerun. The Babe delivers and Moore uses the $300 to buy a pair of mules for his ranch. He names them Babe and Ruth.

17th At Pittsburgh, the relentless Pirates sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 2–1 and 6–0, to run their win streak to 11 games. Ray Kremer wins the nitecap, his 3rd shutout in 4 starts, allowing just 3 hits. Lloyd Waner collects his 200th hit in the nitecap, the first ML rookie to reach that mark this century.

The Cardinals roll over the Phillies, 11-0, as Art Reinhart twirls his second shutout in 5 days. The win leaves the Birds in 3rd place, a half game behind the Giants, with 14 games to play. Pittsburgh leads St. Louis by 6 games.

At Redland Field, the Giants sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 5-1 behind Freddie Fitzsimmons, and 8-7 behind Larry Benton.

At Fenway, the Tigers take a pair from the Sox, winning 8-4 and 11-5. Marty McManus has a grand slam for the Bengals in the 3rd off Danny Macfayden in game 1. In game 2, the Tigers collect 19 hits.

The Red Sox send pitcher Ted Wingfield to Nashville.

18th At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers sweep two from Chicago, winning 2–1 and 5–1. In the 2nd game win against Ted Lyons, Ruth unloads his 54th and Gehrig connects for his 3rd grand slam of the season. A 10-year-old runs on to the field with Ruth’s home-run ball and the Babe obligingly signs it for him.

Playing their second straight doubleheader with the Reds, the Giants lose game 1, 7-0, on Red Lucas’ 3-hitter. New York rebounds to take game 2, 4-2, behind Virgil Barnes. The Giants remain 4.5 games behind the idle Pirates and a half game ahead of St. Louis.

19th Behind Dazzy Vance, the Robins stop the Pirates 11-game win streak, 3–0.

The Cards win their 4th in a row from the Phillies, 12–4, behind Fred Funkhouse (4-0). Frankie Frisch makes his 589th assist in the 6th inning, a new NL record. A bright spot for the Phils is Cy Williams’ 28th homer to move him ahead of Hack Wilson for the NL lead. St. Louis stays in 4thplace, 4 games off the pace and a half game in back of New York.

Cubs president Bill Veeck declares there will be no Chicago city series this year. It would be an “ill-fitting climax” to a great season.

21st The first-place Yankees drop a 6-1 decision to the Detroit Tigers as Bob Fothergill extends his hitting streak to 20 games. Fothergill’s streak will end tomorrow but he will go 36-for-72 in the 20 games, a .500 average, the same average he had during a 20-game hitting streak over 1926-27. The next batter to hit .500 during a 21-game hitting streak will be Larry Walker (as noted by Trent McCotter).

22nd Before a capacity crowd of 37,000 at Forbes Field the first place Pirates hold off the 2nd place Giants by splitting a doubleheader. The Pirates win the first game, 5–2, behind Ray Kremer and the Giants take the nitecap 2–0 behind Fred Fitzsimmons. Rogers Hornsby, managing the team in the absence of McGraw, hits a 2-run homer, his 26th, to account for the scoring in the second game. He also homers in the opener. Hornsby (.361) is 2nd to Paul Waner (.384) in hitting in the NL. Lloyd Waner (.352) is 3rd.

In Philadelphia, Charlie Root tops 300 innings pitched as he records his 26th win of the year in the Cubs 8-4 victory over the Phils. The wins and IP will be career highs for the Cubs great. Charlie Grimm and Hack Wilson help with 3 RBIs apiece.

Against the Tigers, Babe Ruth hits his 56th homer, off Ken Holloway, and the Yankees edge Detroit, 8–7. Earl Combs adds a record three consecutive triples in the win.

The Athletics sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning 4–3 in 13 innings, and 5–2. A’s rookie Charley Bates debuts with has 3 hits in each game, including a triple ad 2 doubles, and his hits start the rallies that tie and win the opener. Alas, Bates will have just 3 more hits this year, his only season in the majors.

The White Sox suffer their 12th straight loss when Red Sox PH Carlyle hits a bases load single in the 10th to give Boston a 2–1 win. Red Faber goes the distance in the loss to young Danny MacFayden.

24th  The Yankees win their 106th, 6–0 over Detroit, for a new AL high. They will win 110, a record until the 1954 Indians win 111.

25th  The Cardinals win two from the Braves, 4-1 and 6-5 to move into 2ndplace, still two games behind the Pirates. The Pirates take 2 in Chicago, winning 2-1 and 6-1.

John McGraw returns to the Giants’ dugout, but the Giants manage no better than a 7-inning scoreless tie against the Dodgers. New York is 2 ½ games behind the Pirates.

26th  In a game that ends after 6 innings, the Cubs play their last home date and report a season’s attendance of 1,190,000, the first time the Cubs go over a million. The Pirates Johnny Miljus picks up a 1–0 win over veteran Art Nehf, recently acquired by the Cubs.

In a marathon at Redland Field, Jesse Haines (23-10) outlasts Dolf Luque as the Cardinals tops the Reds, 3-1, in 13 innings. Both pitchers go the distance with the Cuban Cutie striking out 11 and allowing 2 earned runs.

After 13 straight wins, Giants’ spitballer Burleigh Grimes takes a loss as the Phils win 9–2 for just their 50th win of the year. Ten years ago, Grimes posted a 13-game losing streak. The Giants are now in 3rd place, 3 ½ games back with just 5 to play.

At Boston, the Red Sox lose twice to the Senators, 4–3 and 11–1. The Sox pull off a triple play in the lid lifter when Joe Judge hits into the TP despite not having an at bat. With runners on 1B and 2B, he lifts a sac fly to CF Ira Flagstead allowing the runner on 2B Chick Ganzel to advance, but the throw to 2B nabs the runner from 1B. When Ganzel attempts to score on the play, he is thrown out. The Senators complete the sweep in game two when the Sox make 10 errors—5 in the 1st inning—in the nitecap. Catcher Bill Moore chips in with a record-tying 4 of the errors. Sox rookie John Wilson makes his first ML start and allows 4 earned runs in the loss.

27th  Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7–4 win over the A’s. For Ruth it is his 8th grand slam, but just his 4th as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 with 3 games to play.

In the bottom of the 6th inning at Wrigley Field, as Carmen Hill of Pittsburgh records strike two against Charlie Grimm, one of his lenses falls to the ground. Hill retrieves the broken glasses, and leaves. Ray Kremer takes over and picks up the 2-1 win keeping the Corsairs two games ahead of the Cardinals.

29th  Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs to tie his 59 of 1921 in a 15–4 win over Washington. The 2nd of the HRs is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins, making his ML debut, and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6, 7, 1929. Hopkins started the fifth inning and loaded the bases for the Babe.

30th  With the score tied at 2–2 in the 8th, Mark Koenig triples and moments later Ruth launches his historic No. 60 off Washington’s Tom Zachary for a 4–2 win. The ball is caught by 40-year-old Joe Forner of Manhattan. Ruth, who had singled in his first two at bats, walked, and scored three runs is greeted with a handkerchief salute by the fans as he makes his way to his right field position. In the 9th Walter Johnson makes his final appearance as a player, pinch-hitting for Zachary and flying out to Ruth. Ruth hit 17 HRs in September, the highest month’s HR output till Rudy York’s 18 in August 1937. The Babe is the first player to hit 30, 40, 50, and now 60 homers. The Yankees finish with a team slugging average of .488: it won’t be topped this century.

Eddie Brown has three triples, tying the NL mark, as the Braves collect 18 hits in a 12-2 win over the lowly Phillies. Joe Genewich is the complete game winner.