Round 3 S21


Willie Mays Featured

Major League legend Willie Mays faces seven tough hitters including fellow Hall-of-Famers Ralph Kiner and Tony Perez in Round 3 action. Also in the mix are Chase Utley, Keith Hernandez, Earl Torgeson, Topsy Hartsel, and Luis Gonzalez. Despite what happened in S20, only the top 4 finishers are guaranteed a place in Round 5.

Willie-Mays-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Willie Mays
Full Name: Willie Howard Mays
Nicknames: The Say Hey Kid, Buck, Cap

Chase-Utley-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Chase Utley
Full Name: Chase Cameron Utley
Nicknames: The Man, Silver Fox

Keith-Hernandez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Keith Hernandez
Full Name: Keith Hernandez
Nicknames: Mex
Twitter: @keithhernandez

Ralph-Kiner-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ralph Kiner
Full Name: Ralph McPherran Kiner
Nicknames: Mr. Home Run, Ozark

Earl-Torgeson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Earl Torgeson
Full Name: Clifford Earl Torgeson
Nicknames: The Earl of Snohomish (Just like Earl Averill!)

Topsy-Hartsel-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Topsy Hartsel
Full Name: Tully Frederick Hartsel
Nicknames: None

Luis-Gonzalez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Luis Gonzalez
Full Name: Luis Emilio Gonzalez
Nicknames: Gonzo
Twitter: @Luisgonzo20

Tony-Perez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Tony Perez
Full Name: Atanasio Perez Rigal
Nicknames: Big Dog, Big Doggie, Doggie, The Mayor of Riverfront

The Results

PlayerWinsLossesPct.GB
Willie Mays9658.623*WON*
Ralph Kiner8569.55211.0
Chase Utley7876.50618.0
Topsy Hartsel7678.49420.0
Keith Hernandez7381.47423.0
Tony Perez7183.46125.0
Earl Torgeson7183.46125.0
Luis Gonzalez6688.42930.0

Willie Mays came out on top in an otherwise evenly matched season. Ralph Kiner’s power earned him second place, followed by Chase Utley and dead ball era Topsy Hartsell. On the final day of the season, Earl Torgeson defeated Chase Utley 11-4, giving Torgeson a run differential of +2 for the season and a very real possibility of moving ahead to Round 5 despite his 6th place tie with Tony Perez. It will depend on the number of positions needed to make complete seasons in the Round 4 second chance.

Season Highlights

  • Willie Mays9 was the only batter over .300 with .305 on the season. He also had 18 triples.
  • Kiner9 and Kiner3 tied for the lead in home runs with 39.
  • One night in June, Willie Mays and Earl Torgeson combined for 34 runs on 38 hits in a 9-inning game. Mays came out on top, 22-12. 
  • Gonzalez3 had a 3-HR game.
  • No-Hitters
    4/24 Pedro Martinez2 pitching for Keith Hernandez vs. Ralph Kiner
    6/12 Ted Lyons1 of the Earl Torgeson team vs. Willie Mays
    7/26 Bucky Walters7 of Willie Mays vs. Chase Utley 

Tim Bruno

Tim has been a baseball fan for most of his life and has played a great deal of baseball and softball over the years. Although his playing days are long behind him, he remembers back when he was an extremely fast catcher with an extremely bad arm. He has been playing Strat-o-Matic baseball since he was 14. Tim is currently living in southwest France and writes A LOT about coffee at Procaffeination.com. He has also written Procaffeination: A Coffee Lover's Dictionary, which will be available soon. You can find out more about Tim's writing at TimothyBruno.com and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at Tim@BaseballsGreatestPlayerPlayoff.com

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