Baseball had never seen a team quite like the 1927 New York Yankees. Blessed not just with one superstar, but two, the Yankees were dominant from the start of the season until the final game.
Ninety years later, they’re still considered by most to be the greatest team of all-time. Items associated with that team are in high demand, especially those unquestionably dating to the time of the season when the Yanks were in full throttle toward World Series dominance.
The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is an original International Newsreel team photo, with caption still attached and dated from coverage of the pennant-clinching in mid-September. The 7 ½ x 10” image was available to newspapers of the day and the caption mentions their newfound status as 1927 American League champs.
It’s one of over 400 historic images in RMY’s August auction.
The photo shows the Yankees posed in the traditional team photo style with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on the left and Manager Miller Huggins in the center.
The ’27 Yankees didn’t leave first place all year, finishinig 110-44, 19 games ahead of the second place Philadelphia Athletics. It was the fifth pennant in franchise history. Ruth made headlines by becoming the first player ever to reach 60 home runs in a season.
Seven players on the legendary squad would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame: Ruth, Gehrig, pitchers Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock, infielder Tony Lazzeri, outfielder Earle Combs and Huggins.
Bidding closes Saturday night at RMYAuctions.com.