RMY Auctions has opened its September auction with 325 lots of vintage photography up for bid including an original 8×10 image of the team many believe was the greatest ever assembled.
The New York Yankees had already clinched the American League pennant by mid-September of 1927 and wound end the regular season with a record of 110 wins and 44 losses, 19 games better than the runner up Philadelphia Athletics. They never spent a day out of first place.
The only thing that kept fans interested down the stretch was the one-man show put on by Babe Ruth, by now a household name, who would break his own record, belting 60 home runs, a record that stood until Roger Maris broke it in a 162-game season 34 years later.
The 8×10 photo RMY is offering was likely taken by Underwood and Underwood in late September and still carries the original caption on back, indicating their NL opponent in the World Series wasn’t yet known.
It didn’t really matter.
The Yanks, with their famed “Murderers Row” lineup anchored by Babe Ruith and Lou Gehrig swept the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Several other photos in the auction also feature Ruth and Gehrig. Cobb, Johnson, Foxx, Aaron, Paige, Spahn, Rockne, Hutson and dozens of other big names from the past are among the other lots.
Bidding concludes September 20 at RMYAuctions.com.