NotGraphs Investigation: The 1927 Yankees: Where Are They Now?


The 1927 Yankees were one of the best teams in history. But none of their players have made an impact on the field in years. Was it just that special mix of intangibles that made the 1927 team able to succeed in a way that none of its individual members have been able to for the past 80+ years? Or was it something else? NotGraphs has deployed its crack investigative team to take a look at where the 1927 Yankees are now, and whether they might ever be able to reunite and once again take the baseball world by storm.

Catcher Pat Collins is deceased. First baseman Lou Gehrig, sadly, is also deceased. Second baseman Tony Lazzeri was originally thought to be working in real estate in Jupiter, Florida, but is in fact deceased. Third baseman Joe Dugan, according to his Facebook page, is deceased. Shortstop Mark Koenig is deceased. Outfielder Earle Combs is deceased. Outfielder Bob Meusel, according to several highly-placed government sources, is deceased. There is no information available about the whereabouts of outfielder Babe Ruth. The entire starting rotation — Waite Hoyt, Urban Shocker, Herb Pennock, Dutch Ruether, and George Pipgras — is deceased. Police are still looking into whether any foul play (or balls) might be involved. Relief pitcher Bob Shawkey is deceased.

Despite quite possibly in some cases being scattered across the globe, we still believe there is hope for the team to reunite and perform competitively against the 2013 Marlins or Astros.

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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.

11 Responses to “NotGraphs Investigation: The 1927 Yankees: Where Are They Now?”

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  1. Urban Shocker says:


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  2. Incitatus says:

    Literally every single player named in there article is there.

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    • Alexander Nevermind says:

      But the author says Babe Ruth’s whereabouts are unknown. I know whose side I’m on.

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      • Not sure where G.H. Ruth is, but his headstone is in Thornwood, New York.

        Whether or not he is buried there will require a late night visit from the NotGraphs Investigation team.

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  3. billyBeaned says:

    This is such…inexpressively lame humor. One vaguely amusing thought beaten into the ground without the slightest payoff for the reader. Sick and offensive would have been far preferable. Hell, even infantile and sophomoric. I used to actually like McSweeney’s.

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    • RC says:

      “One vaguely amusing thought beaten into the ground” might as well be the NotGraphs mission statement. If you don’t enjoy it, the site is probably not for you.

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    • Ray says:

      Being beaten into the ground is what makes it funny.

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      • Rufus T. Firefly says:

        I love that someone who hated a little joke actually sits down and types out his objections to it. As a child, I can imagine said commenter pointing out to his bemused mates why various Hannah Barbara cartoons were one-joke pieces of junk.

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      • Scooby Doo says:

        I stand with the others who think “One vaguely amusing thought beaten into the ground” is one of the best things Notgraphs does. Christ, not everything can be “How Busytown stole the Tampa Bay Rays.” Sometimes we have to learn a bit more about the path of how Charlie Manuel became who Charlie Manuel is today.

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  4. G_Funk_J says:

    Definitely got a good ole belly laugh out of this.

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  5. george anon says:

    As Doc Woods sardonically used to say “Dying is the LAST thing I am going to do!”

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