The 'Iron Horse' and 'The Babe' visit Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 1927
The year was 1927 and the New York Yankees had just completed a season where they set an American League record of 110 winning games with only 44 losses, and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. Babe Ruth's 60 home runs in 1927 set a single-season record, which would stand for the next 34 years. First baseman Lou Gherig, 'The Iron Horse', had his first big season with a batting average of .373 and 47 home runs, and was the American League's Most Valuable Player of the year.
After the historic baseball season concluded, both Gehrig and Ruth took advantage of the off-season to enjoy some of the fine codfishing offered by the Sheepshead Bay party boat fleet. This incredible and rare photo was taken on November 10, 1927 aboard the Sheepshead Bay party boat "ELMAR II". Standing from right to left are Lou Gherig, Captain Gus Rau of the "ELMAR II" and Babe Ruth. They spent the day fishing for cod at the Cholera Bank, and we are sure these two members of the Yankee's 'Murderer's Row' were true to their nickname and dropped a few fish on the deck.