New York Yankees Duo Recreate Legendary Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Record in MLB

Published 09/29/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
Sep 24, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his three run home run against the Boston Red Sox with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


#27 and #99. If fans see these numbers on the diamond when the New York Yankees are playing, chances are they’re witnessing greatness unfold. Those numbers belong to Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge respectively, two of the best hitters in Major League Baseball today.

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During the course of this season, the pair drove many runs home for the Yankees, which has put them in a good position to make the playoffs. And in yesterday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, they matched an impressive feat which only one Yankees pair achieved in MLB history: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge match impressive Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig 1931 feat

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During the 1920s and 1930s, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were the stars among the best hitters in an exceptional Yankees team. Ruth’s move from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1920 triggered one of the most heated rivalries in sport, as “The Bambino” went on to achieve unprecedented success in New York.

Gehrig joined the team three years later, and the pair struck fear amongst opposing pitchers in the MLB. Stanton and Judge brought back some aspects of their hitting ability this season, particularly so in the last two months.

In August this year, Judge scored eight home runs and 26 runs batted in (RBI), while Stanton scored nine runs and 25 RBI. This month, the former scored eight home runs once again, and 20 RBI. This meant the duo achieved more than eight home runs and 20 RBI in these months for only the second time in MLB history.

Ruth and Gehrig were the first duo to achieve this feat 90 years ago. In August 1931, Ruth scored 9 home runs and 31 RBI, while Gehrig scored 8 home runs and 39 RBI. The former followed this up with 9 home runs and 22 RBI, while the latter scored eight home runs and 30 RBI in September that year.

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The New York Yankees currently have the fourth best record in the American League

With a 90-67 record, the Yankees are second in the American League West. Even if they win the last five games, they cannot displace the Tampa Bay Rays from the top. Hence, their hopes of reaching the playoffs this year lie solely on securing a wildcard spot.

Sep 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

They currently have the fourth best record, and only need three more wins to secure one of two wildcard spots on offer.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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