LiveAuctionTalk.com Celebrates the 1927 New York Yankees Rosemary McKittrick's weekly collecting column always has a different slant and viewpoint that captures the reader's imagination. Photo courtesy of Hunt Auctions.
May 2, 2006--Something about the year and the season demands to be immortalized. The victories, the close calls, the heroes, the home runs, it’s all part of the magic of the 1927 New York Yankees.
In the late innings when other players were easing up, the Yankees were heating up. Powered by red meat, whiskey and cigarettes, they won 110 games and swept the World Series from The Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was an American league record that stood for 27 seasons. Murderers’ Row is what they were nicknamed with a team batting average of .307.
Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. Lou Gehrig hit 47.
If confidence and steadiness were hallmarks of great players, Ruth and Gehrig had both with a fury unlike anything baseball had ever seen. When they played, there was a sense that history was being made on the grassy fields.
“Those fellows not only beat you, but they tear your hearts out,” said Washington First Baseman Joe Judge after the Yankees swept a double-header on July 4, 1927.
When professional baseball celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1969, the 1927 New York Yankees was the team they picked as the all-time best. No team has ever been better, baseball historians said. If one player stood out in this team, it had to be Babe Ruth.
It’s no surprise then when an autographed baseball signed by 21 members of the 1927 New York Yankee team goes on the block and commands $66,000. It sold on Feb. 24 in the Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards sale at Hunt Auctions in Exton, Pa.
The baseball included signatures of Ruth, Gehrig, Combs, Lazzeri, Koenig and Meusel. Ruth occupies the sweet spot and remains the boldest signature.
LiveAuctionTalk.com author Rosemary McKittrick has been writing weekly about the art, antiques and collectibles field for 16 years. McKittrick is co-author of “The Official Price Guide to Fine Art,” a 1000-page book published by Random House and co-author of four volumes of “McKittrick’s Art Price Guide.”