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April 18, 1928 at Fenway Park
Yankees 10, Red Sox 7 (4-0)
Waite Hoyt gave up seven runs in his first start of the season but it was good enough for the win as the Yankees bested the Red Sox with an impressive offensive attack. Hoyt gave up the seven runs on twelve hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Lou Gehrig had another nice day at the plate. He went three for four with a double, an RBI and two runs. Babe Ruth singled, drove in two and scored a run.
April 16, 1928 at Fenway Park
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2 (3-0)
George Pipgras threw a solid game and he went the distance as the Yankees opened up their series in Boston with a win. He gave up just two runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts in the win.
Lou Gehrig belted his second homer of the season. Bob Meusel went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run. Johnny Grabowski went two for four with a triple and two runs.
April 13, 1928 at Shibe Park
Yankees 8, Athletics 7 (2-0)
Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs and Bob Meusel all had solid games at the plate as the Yankees edged the Athletics 8-7. Gehrig hit his first homer of the season in the win. He also tripled and scored twice. Earle Combs went three for five with three runs while Meusel went three for four with two runs and two RBIs.
Wilcy Moore picked up the win for the Yankees. He gave up five runs on ten hits and four walks with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
April 11, 1928 at Shibe Park
Yankees 8, Athletics 3 (1-0)
Babe Ruth didn’t need the long ball as he scored three runs with a walk and a triple as the Yankees took their season opener over the Athletics. Ty Cobb began his season with a pair of singles and two walks but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Yankees rolled over the Athletics. Lou Gehrig had a nice game with two singles, a run and two RBIs.
Herb Pennock went the distance and he picked up the win. He gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts.
April 30, 1937 at Griffith Stadium
Senators 4, Yankees 1 (5-2)
The Yankees five gave winning streak came to end in a game that saw only five Yankee hits. George Selkirk drove home Lou Gehrig in the sixth inning for the team’s only run of the game and Gehrig finished the game with two hits.
Kemp Wicker was hit hard early and he took the loss. He gave up all four runs in the first two innings to dig a hole that the Yankees couldn’t climb out of.
April 26, 1937 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 7, Athletics 1 (3-1)
The Yankees made it three straight wins with some more good hitting. Tony Lazzeri remained hot and he had three hits and two RBIs while Lou Gehrig joined him with the same stat line. Gehrig also scored two times in the game.
Johnny Broaca threw a nice game for the Yankees and he went the distance for the win. He gave up a single run on six hits and he also benefited from a triple play in the eighth inning.
April 25, 1927 at Yankee Stadium
Senators 5, Yankees 4 (8-4)
The Yankees continued their dry spell with their fourth loss in six games. Waite Hoyt lost his first game of the season and he gave up five runs on nine hits and five hits with five strikeouts.
April 23, 1927 at Shibe Park
Athletics 4, Yankees 3 (7-3)
The Yankees lost for the third time in four games and lost their first series of the season at the hands of the A’s. It wasn’t for lack of production from their big bats though. Both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit homeruns. The A’s won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error by Mark Koenig.
April 21, 1927 at Shibe Park
Yankees 13, Athletics 6 (7-2)
The Yankees ran up the score again behind the bat of Lou Gehrig. The Iron Horse went two for five with a homerun, three runs. Tony Lazzeri went yard with a three run shot while both Earle Combs and Bob Muesel had three hits and three runs.
April 20, 1927 at Shibe Park
Athletics 8, Yankees 5 (6-2)
On offense, the Yankees got a bunch of hits but they were mostly by four players. Lou Gehrig and Earle Combs each had three hits while Mark Koenig and Bob Meusel each had two. The only other player with a hit was Grabowski, who had a lone single.
April 20, 1937 at Yankee Stadium
Senators 3, Yankees 2 (0-1)
The Yankees began their defense of the baseball world championship on a less then solid note as they could never get their bats going in a loss to the Senators. Lou Gehrig had a nice day at the plate with three hits and an RBI while the Yankees other run was driven in by Bill Dickey.
Lefty Gomez had a solid start but it wasn’t good enough for the win. He gave up three runs on ten hits and three walks in the loss.
April 19, 1927 at Yankee Stadium
Red Sox 6, Yankees 3 (6-1)
It had to happen eventually, even to the 1927 Yankees but they finally lost a game to end their six game winning streak. Lou Gehrig provided most of the offense for the Yanks. He went two for five with a double and two of the three Yankees’ runs.
Bob Shawkey was roughed up for five runs in six innings and he took the loss. He walked two and struck out three.
April 18, 1927 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0 (6-0)
The Yankees improved to a perfect 6-0 behind the arm of Dutch Reuther. The hurler gave up only three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in nine shutout innings.
April 17, 1927 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 14, Red Sox 2 (5-0)
The Yankees made it five straight with a fourteen run, eighteen hit attack in which Lou Gehrig led the way with two homeruns. He finished the game with three hits, three runs while Pat Collins had three hits and two runs. Every Yankee starter had a hit except for Waite Hoyt and seven players had at least two hits.
Hoyt threw a nice game and he gave up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.
In a lot of ways, 1937 was Lou Gehrig’s last hurrah. 1938 would be one of his worst seasons (although it was still very good by most standards) and of course 1939 was the season we saw Gehrig’s career cut short. Man, did he come out in 1937 though.
While a lot was made about DiMaggio’s breakout season in 1937 in which he finished second for the MVP, it was actually Gehrig that led the team in OPS (1.116) and who finished fourth, providing one of the best one/two punches since, well, Ruth and Gehrig. He finished second in hitting (.351), first in OBP (.473), first in OPS, third in runs (138), third in homeruns (37), first in walks (127) and third in RBIs (159). Not too shabby for the Iron Horse.
Gehrig also got it done in the post season. He hit an impressive .294/.455/.647 clip in the World Series with four runs and three RBIs.
Here are Gehrig’s numbers in 1937:
Stolen Bases 4
Caught Stealing 3
It must be nice to have a player on your team that finishes with a 221 OPS+ and doesn’t lead your team, but that’s what happened to the Yankees in 1927. First baseman Lou Gehrig was only in his third season of his iron man streak but 1927 was probably his best season ever. Whether it was having Ruth in his prime on the team or not, Gehrig broke out in a big way in 1927.
He set career highs with 52 doubles and a .765 slugging percentage. It was his first of two MVP awards and he led the league in total bases (447), doubles (52) and RBIs (175). He was second to Ruth with 47 homeruns and 18 triples and he was third in the league in hitting with a .373 batting average. And his 1.239 OPS is the fourteenth best total ever and only four players have had a better single season OPS.
This is one of those historic seasons that was overshadowed because Ruth hit the 60 homeruns but it’s definitely one I’m interested in checking out one I start the diary.
Here are Gehrig’s numbers in 1927:
Stolen Bases 10
Caught Stealing 8
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