Eighty-eight years after their “Murderer’s Row” lineup rode the express train to a dominant World Series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, writers and fans quickly began assessing the New York Yankees chances of winning it again in 1928. Arguing against the possibility would have seemed silly. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig returned to anchor the lineup, but the Yanks had a roster full of skilled players.
Come October 1928, they were back. The Yankees completed another four-game sweep with Ruth hitting .625 and Gehrig batting .545 with four homers and nine runs batted in. In all there were nine Hall of Famers on the 1928 Yankees roster.
The Photo of the Day was taken at the start of the World Series that fall at Yankee Stadium and showcases New York’s infielders . A high-grade survivor from an historic era, it features Gehrig along with Hall of Famers Tony Lazzeri and Leo Durocher, stars Joe Dugan and Mark Koenig, Mike Gazella and Gene Robertson.
Gehrig manned first base, Lazzeri and Durocher handled second, Koenig was a stalwart at shortstop while Dugan and Robertson handled third base duties during the Series.
The 7 ¼” x 9” image from Underwood and Underwood carries a typewritten caption on the back for use in newspapers of the day.
Rated Type I by PSA, it is one of over 300 vintage sports and historic photos up for bid at RMY Auctions through January 18.