Bill Carrigan, manager of the Red Sox championship teams in 1915 and 1916, returned to Fenway Park as Boston's manager in 1927. However, Carrigan's arrival did little to change the team's fortunes and they finished in last place for the third straight year. Another continuing trend was the increasing amount of football played at Fenway Park in the fall, including a rare tripleheader of three football games on November 24, 1927.

The Red Sox

Record: 51-103, 8th in American League
Manager: William F. Carrigan
Attendance: 305,275

It was hard not to notice the success the Yankees were having, with their Murderers Row winning 110 games to finish 19 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia. A former Red Sox player named Ruth hit 60 home runs, while his teammate Lou Gehrig - who the Red Sox reportedly could have acquired for Phil Todt at one point - drove in 175 runs. Former Red Sox pitchers Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock combined to win 41 games for the Yankees.

Bill Carrigan, who had led the team to back-to-back World Series Championships in 1915-16, returned to manage the 1927 Red Sox. In the first year of his return, Carrigan's team won five more games than the Red Sox did the previous season but finished dead last again. Todt led the team with six home runs (one-tenth of Ruth's production) while the team hit just 28 total. Ira Flagstead tallied a team-leading 69 RBIs, one of only three Boston batters who drove in more than 50.

There was one positive club statistic in 1927; despite a 2-11 start and a 15-game losing streak in late June and early July, attendance was up for the second year in a row.

More Than a Ballpark™

Much like the previous year, Fenway Park was rife with football in 1927. In one three-day span in October, four high school football games were played, while a rare tripleheader occurred on November 24, 1927. That day, Boston English and Dorchester High were victorious in the two morning games, while Pere Marquette bested Fitton A.C. in the afternoon match-up.

1927 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
May 29War Memorial Service*
October 12Dorchester High 19, Mechanic Arts 12 (Football)
October 12Boston English 21, Boston Trade 0 (Football)
October 14East Boston 12, High School of Commerce 0 (Football)
October 14Brighton High 0, Hyde Park High 0 (Football)
October 25Dorchester High 20, Boston Trade 18 (Football)
October 25Hyde Park High 13, Charlestown High 12 (Football)
November 9Boston Latin 19, Charlestown High 0 (Football)
November 10Brighton High 0, East Boston High 0 (Football)
November 15Hyde Park High 0, Dorchester High 0 (Football)
November 17Boston English 26, High School of Commerce 0 (Football)
November 19New York Giants 33, Pere Marquette 7 (Football)
November 22Mechanic Arts 9, Boston Trade 7 (Football)
November 24Boston English 20, Boston Latin 13 (Football)
November 24Dorchester High 31, High School of Commerce 0 (Football)
November 24Pere Marquette 6, Fitton A. C. 0 (Football)

*Started in the 1910s, a late May memorial service coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend was often held at Fenway Park through the mid-20th Century.

Fenway Park In 1929 (Credit: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library)