1928 New York Yankees
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1928 New York Yankees / Franchise: New York Yankees / BR Team Page
Clinched Pennant: September 28, 1928, At Detroit Tigers
World Series Champs
Managed by Miller Huggins
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1928 New York Yankees played the 26th season in team history. They finished with a record of 101-53, winning their sixth pennant, finishing 2.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. New York was managed by Miller Huggins. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they swept the St. Louis Cardinals. Pitcher Urban Shocker died in September due to tuberculosis.
The 1928 Yankees, were, like the 1927 Yankees, utterly dominant, staying in first place almost the entire season. They played close to .800 ball in April and then played over .800 in May. In July and August they slipped to a bit over .550 ball but by then it didn't matter. The Yanks beat every team in the league, but oddly, struggled a bit only with the 1928 Browns, who they beat only by 12-10.
The team had the highest BA/OBP/SLG in the league as well as the second-highest team ERA.
Babe Ruth, at age 33, had 54 home runs, twice the total of anyone else on the team. Lou Gehrig had 27. Ruth and Gehrig tied with 142 RBI. Ruth had the most walks with 137 while Gehrig had 95. Ruth scored 163 runs while Gehrig had 139 and Earle Combs had 118. Gehrig led the team in doubles while Bob Meusel was close behind. Combs led the team in triples. Tony Lazzeri had 15 steals to lead the team. Gehrig's .374 batting average was by far the highest on the team.
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|1||Cardinals – 1, Yankees – 4||October 4||Yankee Stadium||61,425|
|2||Cardinals – 3, Yankees – 9||October 5||Yankee Stadium||60,714|
|3||Yankees – 7, Cardinals – 3||October 7||Sportsman's Park||39,602|
|4||Yankees – 7, Cardinals – 3||October 9||Sportsman's Park||37,331|
- William E. Brandt: "Yankees Clinch the Pennant", New York Times, September 29, 1928, Page 1
- Charlie Gentile: The 1928 New York Yankees: The Return of Murderers' Row, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4422-3598-4
- Gary Sarnoff: The First Yankees Dynasty: Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins and the Bronx Bombers of the 1920s, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-4966-8