1927 Leaders & Numbers

After being granted an astronomical $70,000 salary, Babe Ruth repaid the Yankees with a heavenly performance. Lou Gehrig, at $5,000, was forcing the Yankees to write up IOUs for his equally gargantuan effort. Rogers Hornsby and Frankie Frisch, two stars feuding with upper management, traded cities with one another and found rejuvenation in their new environs. If it’s an odd-numbered year, it must be Harry Heilmann, whose 1927 AL batting title followed others from 1921, 1923 and 1925. Advocates for the designated hitter would have found loyal lobbyists in all-hit, no-glove outfielders Bob Fothergill and Riggs Stephenson, both given the rare chance to play everyday. Pete Alexander carried the momentum from his heroic 1926 World Series effort, winning 20 games for the last time. Jesse Haines relied more on a knuckleball he actually gripped with his knuckles, causing opposing batters to knuckle under like never before. After racking up twice as many walks as strikeouts in 1926, Ted Lyons reined in his control and displayed his most dominant set of numbers over his 21-year career. Effective support (six runs per game) vested Cub workhorse Charlie Root with a prodigious number of wins despite having the worst ERA among Cub starters. Lefty Grove made a claim no other could: Shutting out the 1927 Yankees. Hod Lisenbee and Carmen Hill both set a brief sparkle, notching half of their win totals over, respectively, eight- and ten-year careers.

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The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1927
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB
1. Rogers Hornsby New York 155 .361 568 133 205 32 9 26 125 86 4 9
2. Paul Waner Pittsburgh 155 .380 623 114 237 42 18 9 131 60 3 5
3. Hack Wilson Chicago 146 .318 551 119 175 30 12 30 129 71 6 13
4. Bill Terry New York 150 .326 580 101 189 32 13 20 121 46 2 1
5. Frankie Frisch St. Louis 153 .337 617 112 208 31 11 10 78 43 7 48
6. Jim Bottomley St. Louis 152 .303 574 95 174 31 15 19 124 74 5 8
7. Riggs Stephenson Chicago 152 .344 579 101 199 46 9 7 82 65 6 8
8. George Harper New York 145 .331 483 85 160 19 6 16 87 84 5 7
9. Pie Traynor Pittsburgh 149 .342 573 93 196 32 9 5 106 22 3 11
10. Cy Williams Philadelphia 131 .274 492 86 135 18 2 30 98 61 9 0
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1927
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SB CS
1. Lou Gehrig New York 155 .373 584 149 218 52 18 47 175 109 3 10 8
2. Babe Ruth New York 151 .356 540 158 192 29 8 60 164 137 0 7 6
3. Harry Heilmann Detroit 141 .398 505 106 201 50 9 14 120 72 2 11 5
4. Al Simmons Philadelphia 106 .392 406 89 159 36 11 15 108 31 1 10 2
5. Goose Goslin Washington 148 .334 581 96 194 37 15 13 120 50 5 21 6
6. Ty Cobb Philadelphia 133 .357 490 104 175 32 7 5 93 67 5 22 16
7. Bob Fothergill Detroit 143 .359 527 93 189 38 9 9 114 47 2 9 15
8. Earle Combs New York 152 .356 648 137 231 36 23 6 64 62 2 15 6
9. Bob Meusel New York 135 .337 516 75 174 47 9 8 103 45 2 24 10
10. Tony Lazzeri New York 153 .309 570 92 176 29 8 18 102 69 0 22 14
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1927
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Pete Alexander St. Louis 2.52 21 10 .677 3 37 30 268 294 75 38 1 1 0
2. Jesse Haines St. Louis 2.72 24 10 .706 1 38 36 300.2 306 91 77 1 5 0
3. Ray Kremer Pittsburgh 2.47 19 8 .704 2 35 28 226 232 62 53 2 0 0
4. Red Lucas Cincinnati 3.38 18 11 .621 2 37 23 239.2 249 90 39 0 0 0
5. Dazzy Vance Brooklyn 2.70 16 15 .516 1 34 32 273.1 278 82 69 2 6 0
6. Carmen Hill Pittsburgh 3.24 22 11 .667 3 43 31 277.2 296 100 80 2 4 0
7. Charlie Root Chicago 3.76 26 15 .634 2 48 36 309 344 129 117 3 9 1
8. Lee Meadows Pittsburgh 3.40 19 10 .655 0 40 38 299.1 348 113 66 1 8 0
9. Dutch Ulrich Philadelphia 3.17 8 11 .421 1 32 18 193.1 219 68 40 0 0 0
10. Jesse Petty Brooklyn 2.98 13 18 .419 1 42 33 271.2 302 90 53 4 4 0
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1927
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB WP HB BK
1. Wilcy Moore New York 2.28 19 7 .731 13 50 12 213 191 54 59 4 1 1
2. Ted Lyons Chicago 2.84 22 14 .611 2 39 34 307.2 312 97 67 2 0 1
3. Waite Hoyt New York 2.63 22 7 .759 1 36 32 256.1 272 75 54 1 4 0
4. Urban Shocker New York 2.84 18 6 .750 0 31 27 200 231 63 41 1 1 0
5. Herb Pennock New York 3.00 19 8 .704 2 34 26 209.2 240 70 48 0 2 0
6. Tommy Thomas Chicago 2.98 19 16 .543 1 40 36 307.2 319 102 94 0 1 1
7. Lefty Grove Philadelphia 3.19 20 13 .606 9 51 28 262.1 269 93 79 5 2 1
8. Garland Braxton Washington 2.95 10 9 .526 13 58 2 155.1 159 51 33 3 2 0
9. Hod Lisenbee Washington 3.57 18 9 .667 0 39 34 242 239 96 78 0 3 0
10. Bump Haldey Washington 2.85 14 6 .700 0 30 27 198.2 183 63 86 4 9 1

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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