The Red Sox had somehow managed to entice Bill Carrigan to come back and manage; he’d led the team to the back-to-back World Series wins in 1915 and 1916 and then gone into business in Maine. He came back to a team that was in the midst of its lowest ebb. This year, it was harder than ever for fans to look at the Yankees and see what they had missed. Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs; Boston’s leading homer hitter was Phil Todt, who hit six. The whole Red Sox team taken together (28 HRs) didn’t even hit half as many as Ruth.

Former Red Sox pitcher Waite Hoyt was 22-7. Former Red Sox pitcher Herb Pennock was 19-8. Lou Gehrig, who the Yankees had reportedly offered straight-up for Phil Todt a few years earlier, drove in 175 runs and hit 47 homers. New York won 110 games.

The Red Sox won 51 games, which one could say was an improvement of 10 percent over 1926, but that still only left them with 51 wins – and they finished the season 59 games behind the Yankees in the standings. There was no real rivalry here; the two teams were – metaphorically – in different leagues.

Boston’s best pitcher lost 21 games, but was best because he won 14. Hal Wiltse was the only other pitcher to win 10 or more games (10-18). The team ERA was still not far from 5.00. Todt led in homers, and Ira Flagstead in RBIs, driving in 69. Second baseman Bill Regan drove in 66.

Other than the first three days of the season, they were in last place every day all season long. The team lost 103 games, discouraged from the start (2-11), and suffering a 15-game losing streak from late June into July. And July was their best month (14-18). They were shut out 11 times. Against both the Yankees and the Senators, they had 4-18 records. The Indians must have been mortified; the Red Sox won 15 and lost only seven to Cleveland. Was there room for optimism, looking ahead to 1928? They had only won 24.7% of their games in the first half of 1927, but they’d won 41.6% in the second half.

By Bill Nowlin

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