RMY Auctions opened its October Auction Wednesday, with over 400 lots of vintage photographs up for bid.
Among the featured items is a unique team photograph of perhaps the greatest baseball team of all-time. The 7 ¾” x 10” photo of the 1927 Yankees includes the hand-written date the photo was taken (9/15/27) and original ink notations identifying each player.
Despite their legendary status, there are relatively few vintage photographs of the team that have surfaced over the years. The photo being offered by RMY is an original silver gelatin image issued by International News and is stamped with their markings on the back.
Led by the famed one-two punch of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the ’27 Yankees roster included six players and a manager who would eventually be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. They finished 110-44 in the regular season, winning the pennant by a whopping 19 games and then sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. They’d sweep the Series again in 1928.
The Yankees hit .307 as a team and outscored opponents by 376 runs during the regular season. While Ruth and Gehrig put up astronomical stats including Ruth’s record 60 homers, there was no weak link in the order. The number six hitter in the ‘Murderer’s Row’ lineup, Tony Lazzxeri, hit .309 with 18 homers and 102 RBI.
The Yankee pitchers sported a league best 3.20 earned run average.
The auction continues through October 29 at RMYAuctions.com.