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Murderers' Row

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The 1927 New York Yankees.
The 1927 New York Yankees.

Murderers' Row were the baseball teams of the New York Yankees in the late 1920s, widely considered some of the best teams in history. The nickname is in particular describing the first six hitters in the 1927 team lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri.


The term, which mimicked the name applied to a section of the Tombs prison in New York City,[1] was applied to several different baseball teams before it became associated with the Babe Ruth-era Yankees. A 1905 newspaper article about the Yale baseball team notes that one of Yale's coaches, Billy Lush, who had been an outfielder with the Cleveland Naps the year before, was "a member of 'Murderer's Row,' as pitchers call the first six batters on the Cleveland list."[2] The term was also used for the Philadelphia Phillies,[3] the Philadelphia Athletics,[4] and for some minor league and college teams. It was first applied to the Yankees in 1918, two years before Ruth joined the team.[5]

1927 Yankees

The term was initially associated with the beginning of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Yankee teams in the mid-1920s, and is commonly recognized to refer specifically to the core of the 1927 Yankee hitting lineup.

Owner Jacob Ruppert is the man most often credited with building the team, although general manager Ed Barrow may have had as much to do with it. In a game of a July series against the Washington Senators, the Yankees beat their opponents 21–1, and prompted Senators' first baseman Joe Judge to say, "Those fellows not only beat you but they tear your heart out. I wish the season was over."[6]

Season results

The 1927 season was particularly spectacular by baseball standards for the Yankees. After losing in the 1926 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, they went 110–44 the next year, winning the A.L. pennant by 19 games and sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 World Series. Only four teams have won more regular season games: the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners with 116, the 1998 Yankees with 114 and the 1954 Cleveland Indians with 111. However, the 1998 Yankees and 2001 Mariners played eight more games. Both the Cubs and the Indians lost in the World Series, while the Mariners lost to the Yankees in the 2001 ALCS. The 1998 Yankees went 11–2 in the playoffs, sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series.

The 1927 Yankees batted .307, slugged .489, scored 975 runs, and outscored their opponents by a record 376 runs. Center fielder Earle Combs had a career best year, batting .356 with 231 hits, left fielder Bob Meusel batted .337 with 103 RBIs, and second baseman Tony Lazzeri drove in 102 runs. Gehrig batted .373, with 218 hits, 52 doubles, 18 triples, 47 home runs, a then record 175 RBIs, slugged at .765, and was voted A.L. MVP. Ruth amassed a .356 batting average, 164 RBIs, 158 runs scored, walked 137 times, and slugged .772. Most notably, his 60 home runs that year broke his own record and remained the Major League mark for 34 years until Roger Maris broke it by one with 61; however, just like the 1998 Yankees and 2001 Mariners, this was done in a 162-game schedule, a fact that Commissioner Ford Frick, a close friend of Ruth, wanted noted when the single-season home run record was to be referenced.[7]

The 1927 Yankees pitching staff led the league in ERA at 3.20, and included Waite Hoyt, who went 22–7, which tied for the league lead in wins, and Herb Pennock, who went 19–8. Wilcy Moore won 16 as a reliever. Three other Yankee pitchers had ERAs under 3.00 that season.

After sweeping the Pirates in the Series, the Yankees repeated the feat by sweeping the Cardinals in the 1928 World Series. The Yankees remain the only team to ever sweep the World Series in consecutive years; the Yankee teams of 19381939 and 19981999 repeated the feat.

Hall of Fame players

The 1927 Yankees would eventually send six players along with manager Miller Huggins and president Ed Barrow to the Baseball Hall of Fame. These were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hoyt, Lazzeri, Combs, and Pennock. Only the 1928 Yankees had more, with nine players (including infielder Leo Durocher, inducted based on his subsequent managerial accomplishments) along with Huggins and Barrow.


dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
# Position in the lineup
AB At-bats
H Hits
BA Batting average
OBP On-base percentage
SLG Slugging percentage
HR Home runs
RBI Runs batted in
Starting lineup
# Player Position Games AB H BA OBP SLG HR RBI
1 Earle Combsdagger CF 152 648 231 .356 .414 .511 6 64
2 Mark Koenig SS 123 526 150 .285 .320 .382 3 62
3 Babe Ruthdagger RF 151 540 192 .356 .486 .772 60 164
4 Lou Gehrigdagger 1B 155 584 218 .373 .474 .765 47 175
5 Bob Meusel LF 135 516 174 .337 .393 .510 8 103
6 Tony Lazzeridagger 2B 153 570 176 .309 .383 .482 18 102
7 Joe Dugan 3B 112 387 104 .269 .321 .362 2 43
8 Pat Collins C 92 251 69 .275 .407 .418 7 36
Bench players
Player Position Games AB Hits BA HR RBI
Benny Bengough C 31 85 21 .247 0 10
Johnny Grabowski C 70 195 54 .277 0 25
Mike Gazella IF 54 115 32 .278 0 9
Ray Morehart IF 73 195 50 .256 1 20
Julian Wera IF 38 42 10 .238 1 8
Cedric Durst OF 65 129 32 .248 0 25
Ben Paschal OF 50 82 26 .317 2 16
Player Role G IP W L ERA SO
Waite Hoytdagger SP 36 256+13 22 7 2.63 86
Herb Pennockdagger SP 34 209+23 19 8 3.00 51
George Pipgras SP 29 166+13 10 3 4.11 81
Dutch Ruether SP 27 184 13 6 3.38 45
Urban Shocker SP 31 200 18 6 2.84 35
Wilcy Moore RP 50 213 19 7 2.28 75
Myles Thomas RP 21 88+23 7 4 4.87 25
Bob Shawkey RP 19 43+23 3 4 2.89 23
Joe Giard RP 16 27 0 0 8.00 10
Walter Beall RP 1 1 0 0 9.00 0


The term "Murderers' Row" is commonly used as a descriptor for teams with formidable talent. It has also been used outside of sports, an example being the Essex-class carriers anchored at Ulithi Atoll, which were also known as Murderer's Row.[8][9]

During the 2006 American League Division Series, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland referred to the 2006 Yankees as "Murderers' Row and Cano" since the entire lineup consisted of players such as Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada and new second baseman Robinson Canó all of whom would have multiple All-Star game appearances over their careers. Despite Leyland's nomenclature, the team did not have the success of the original 1927 team as they were defeated by the Tigers in that series.

In 2016, ESPN announced 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas.[10] The core of the project is a historical novel in the form of a diary of Myles Thomas, written by Douglas Alden, published along the same timeline as the events unfolded almost 90 years ago. The project was an attempt to relive the 1927 season through Myles Thomas's diary entries, additional essays and real-time social-media components (including Twitter, etc). The diary runs the length of the full 1927 season, from April 13 through October 10, 1927.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Popik, Barry. "Barry Popik". Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  2. ^ "Big Four Baseball". Buffalo Commercial. 24 Apr 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 30 Jul 2021.
  3. ^ "Phillies' Batting Order is Now a Murderers' Row". Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader. 31 Jul 1912. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Rudolph Explains Trouble Between Teams' Heads". Evening Ledger. Philadelphia, PA. 10 Oct 1914. p. 3. Retrieved 30 Jul 2021.
  5. ^ Popik, Barry (May 11, 2005). "The Big Apple: Murderers' Row".
  6. ^ Grey, Dave (June 22, 1955). "1927 Yankess Remain Greatest in Ball History". The Michigan Daily. p. 3.
  7. ^ Barra, Allen (October 3, 2001). "The myth of Maris' asterisk". Salon.
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (December 16, 2010). "A mound of jaw-dropping talent". The Gazzette. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010.
  9. ^ Chass, Murray (October 26, 1999). "Yanks' Starters Are Murderers' Row of the 90's". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas". ESPN. November 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "About the Diary of Myles Thomas". ESPN. April 23, 2016.

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