1927 in the Negro Leagues
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|<< 1926 1928 >>|
- BOLD indicates League Champion
 Negro National League
|1||Chicago American Giants||46||32||14||.696|
|2||Kansas City Monarchs||54||36||18||.667|
|3||St. Louis Stars||51||32||19||.627|
|5||Birmingham Black Barons||52||23||29||.442|
|6||Memphis Red Sox||44||19||25||.432|
 Eastern Colored League
|1||Atlantic City Bacharach Giants||89||54||35||.607|
|4||Baltimore Black Sox||70||35||35||.500|
|6||Brooklyn Royal Giants||46||15||31||.326|
 Independent Teams
- Source: Teams list from The Negro Leagues Book by Dick Clark and Larry Lester; records are from The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues, John Holway
- Chappie Johnson's Stars
- Nashville Elite Giants
- New York Lincoln Giants
- Pennsylvania Red Caps of NY
- Philadelphia Giants
- Pittsburgh Homestead Grays
- St. Louis Giants
 Leading Players
- Laymon Yokely pitched a no-hitter for the Baltimore Black Sox against the Cuban Stars on May 15 in the second game of a double-header, winning 8-0. Yokely had already won the first game of the double-header in relief.
- Joe Strong of the Black Sox no-hit Hilldale 2-1 in 11 innings on August 4. His was the only extra inning no-hitter in Negro Leagues history. No winning no-hitter in the white or integrated majors ever went further than 10 innings.
- Willie Powell of the Chicago American Giants no-hit the Memphis Red Sox 5-0 on August 14 in the second game of a double-header.
- Webster McDonald of the Chicago American Giants had a no-hitter against Memphis on August 15, the day after Powell's gem, but went into extra innings tied 1-1. J.C. McHaskel broke up the no-hitter in the 10th inning, and Memphis scored a run on two hits in the 11th to beat McDonald 2-1. McDonald had been the losing pitcher in Red Grier's World Series no-hitter the previous season.
- Luther Farrell of the Bacharach Giants pitched a rain-shortened 7-inning no-hitter on October 8 against the Chicago American Giants in the Colored World Series, winning 3-2.
- Biz Mackey, Andy Cooper, Frank Duncan, and Rap Dixon joined an entourage made up primarily of Pacific Coast League all-stars and participated in a tour of Japan on the integrated team. Because the tour lasted until near the end of May and the players did not return to their teams until June, the two leagues banned them for a five-year period. When they did return to the states, they were given 30-day suspensions (effectively covering the remainder of the first half of the season) and $200 fines. All served their suspensions. Whether they paid the fines was not reported.
Both leagues played split seasons. The Bacharach Giants won the first half of the ECL pennant with a record of 29-17 (.630). Harrisburg claimed the second-half title by virtue of a forfeit win against Baltimore, but that was disallowed when the team failed to send a representative to a league meeting to present their case. As a result, the Bacharach Giants won the second half with a 25-18 (.581) record, narrowly beating out Harrisburg and avoiding a playoff.
Chicago won the first half of the NNL season, and swept the Birmingham Black Barons (second-half winners) four games to none in a playoff before advancing to the Colored World Series.
In the Colored World Series, the Chicago American Giants (NNL) defeated the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants (ECL), 5 games to 3, with one tie. The American Giants won the first four games of the series, all played in Chicago. The teams moved to Atlantic City for the remainder of the series, where the Bacharachs won three and tied one before Chicago finally clinched.
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