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Hall of Fame lineup for A's, Yankees
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 12, 1927

It's an embarrassment of riches on opening day at Yankee Stadium. Fifteen future Hall of Famers are on the rosters of the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Athletics.

The 10 position players are the Athletics' Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Zack Wheat, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane and the Yankees' Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri and Earle Combs. They will combine for 2,700 homers, 15,083 RBI and 26,913 hits in their careers.

The three pitchers -- the Athletics' Lefty Grove (300) and the Yankees' Waite Hoyt (237) and Herb Pennock (240) -- will combine for 777 victories. And then there will be another 94 by Ruth.

Athletics manager Connie Mack (3,731) and Yankees' skipper Miller Huggins (1,413) will total 5,144 victories.

Before a crowd of 72,000 -- another 25,000 can't get in -- Hoyt outpitches Grove and the Yankees win, 8-3. Ruth goes 0-for-3, with two strikeouts, before being removed because he feels dizzy.

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