1927 Babe Ruth hits 40th home run

August 22, 2021

1927 Babe Ruth hits 40th home run

On August 22, 1927, Yankees superstar Babe Ruth hit his 40th home run of the 1927 season, further cementing his title as a baseball hall-of-fame legend.

Born in 1895, Babe Ruth began his major-league baseball career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1914. Although young, Ruth quickly established a reputation as an exceptional pitcher and a decent hitter. Amid much controversy, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, where Ruth would grow into his reputation as a rising star.

In 1920, Ruth transitioned from a pitcher with a good swing to a power-hitting outfielder. He quickly became one of the Yankees star players, with the team eventually drawing seven-figure crowds to their games. Throughout his fifteen-season career with the Yankees, Ruth would play over 2,000 games and set batting records in many of them.

The 1927 New York Yankees team is widely regarded as one of the best teams ever to take the field, even earning the nickname “Murderer’s Row” due to its powerful lineup. That year, Ruth hit his 40th home run of the season on August 22, a milestone achievement for a player in a single season. By the end of the 1927 season, Ruth would finish with an outstanding 60 home runs.

Ruth would lead the team to victory in four World Series Championships and seven American League pennants. He is still widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.


  1. Rafael Rubio

    One of the few good things about being old is ‘been there – done that’. Love Ruth as the goat. Baseball is best for memories n to go to a ballgame to talk with another knowledgeable fan is priceless. Kneeling during the national anthem , is one thing- but all stand up during the ‘7th inning stretch’ to sing ‘take me out to the ballgame’ . Thanks

  2. rob densmore

    They didn’t have “seven figure crowds” then or now to baseball games!

    • bill pace

      must have meant the yearly total

    • Randy Marash

      I believe this reference was for an entire season, not a game.

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  4. Larry B Ybarra

    I never tire of hearing or reading of past historical events. Especially sports. Always from the politics,war,prejudices,murders. Love Sports,at 79yrs young.

  5. David Rivera

    Babe Ruth was A legend and I would’ve love to talk to him !


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