The Dominance of the 1927 New York Yankees

Michael “Mike” Vasaturo joined New Haven Terminal, Inc., in 1989 and continues to lead the company as vice president. Michael Vasaturo has additional experience as vice president of Logistec USA, Inc., also in New Haven, Connecticut. Away from his business activities, he enjoys following New York Yankees baseball.

As the most successful franchise in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), the New York Yankees have gained a significant amount of notoriety over the years. One of the team’s most infamous places in the American baseball canon belongs to Murderer’s Row, the nickname given to the team’s dominant lineups of the late 1920s. The term is most often used in connection with the 1927 roster, which featured an opening batting lineup of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri.

The 1927 Yankees are often cited as one of, if not the, greatest teams in baseball history. Five players finished the season with batting averages over .300, including Most Valuable Player (MVP) Gehrig’s .373 and both Combs’ and Ruth’s averages of .356. Ruth and Gehrig combined for more than 100 homeruns that season, while top pitchers Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock came together for 41 wins compared to just 15 losses. The 1927 Yankees finished with a regular-season record of 110–44 and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the World Series in four games, outscoring the opposition 23 to 10.

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