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Which team was better, the 1927 New York Yankees or the 1989 Oakland Athletics?

Yes, both teams had incredible rosters. The 1927 Yankees had such players: Babe Ruth, Earle Combs, Bob Meusal, Lou Gehrig, Mark Koenig, Tony Lazzeri, and others. The 1989 Athletics had such players: Rickey Henderson, Dave Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Dave Parker, Dave Stewart, Dennis Eckersley, and others too. *Use the Baseball Almanac to get more info.

Both teams won the World Series during their respective year. In 1927, the New York Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Tigers 4-0. In 1989, the Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in what was known as the ‘Battle of the Bay.’

I wonder if there was ever a better baseball player than Babe Ruth and how his hitting percentage would stack up against the 1989 Athletics’ defense.

The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers were the successor of the 1927 New York Yankees and the predecessor of the 1989 Oakland Athletics. I’m reminded of Mr. Rickey of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, who was responsible for the integration of non-White baseball players into the Major League. Jackie Robinson, the first non-White baseball player to play in the Major League. Robinson was a star right off the bat. Nowadays, there are baseball players of different ethnicities and backgrounds, playing in the Major League, thanks to Mr. Rickey and his prodigious efforts.

I still remember baseball as a game. That’s before the 1994-95 strike and the asking of more money by the players, ruining a sport that was once considered a National Pastime.

Dave Stewart won over twenty games during the 1989 season, one of the best pitching outings of any big league pitcher in a single season. Dennis Eckersley was regarded as the best closer.

The Murderers’ Row, were the six deadly bats of the 1927 New York Yankees. The 1989 Oakland Athletics had eight big bats of their own. In addition to the aforementioned bats, there was Stan Javier, Rick Honeycutt, and Mike Gallego. Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco were the ‘Bash Brothers,’ I figured. Rickey Henderson was the best lead-off man that ever lived with many stolen bases during the 1989 Season.

The 1989 Athletics had more big bats and a better pitching rotation than the 1927 New York Yankees. I’d have to say that the 1989 Athletics team was the best baseball team that ever was.

In modern era, Steinbrenner’s New York Yankees carried many good bats, and Derek Jeter was an incredible team captain. I remain a fan of baseball. *Dedicated to ESPN.

General Contributor
Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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