Round 3 S24

Mike Donlin Featured

Turkey Mike Donlin has his work cut out for him. How will he contend with the speed of Hall-of-Famers Wee Willie Keeler and Lou Brock? How about the power of Matt Williams and Lance Berkman? Plus there are the old-timers, Heinie Zimmerman, Mike Smith, and Tommy Leach. Only 154 games will tell the tale and only a top-four finish guarantees a trip to Round 5.

Mike-Donlin-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mike Donlin
Full Name: Michael Joseph Donlin
Nicknames: Turkey Mike

Willie-Keeler-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Willie Keeler
Full Name: William Henry Keeler
Nicknames: Wee Willie, Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t

Lou-Brock-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Lou Brock
Full Name: Louis Clark Brock
Nicknames: The Franchise, The Rocket, Base Burglar

Heinie-Zimmerman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Heinie Zimmerman
Full Name: Henry Zimmerman
Nicknames: The Great Zim

Played as: Mike Smith
Full Name: Elmer Ellsworth Smith
Nicknames: None

Tommy-Leach-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Tommy Leach
Full Name: Thomas William Leach
Nicknames: Wee Tommy

Matt-Williams-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Matt Williams
Full Name: Matthew Derrick Williams
Nicknames: Carson Crusher, Matt the Bat, Big Marine

Lance-Berkman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Lance Berkman
Full Name: William Lance Berkman
Nicknames: Big Puma, Fat Elvis

The Results

Mike Donlin10351.669*WON*
Lance Berkman8371.53920.0
Lou Brock7975.51324.0
Mike Smith7777.50026.0
Willie Keeler7579.48728.0
Heinie Zimmerman7381.47430.0
Tommy Leach6490.41639.0
Matt Williams6292.40341.0

It was the final day of the season. Mike Donlin had secured first place by a wide margin and Lance Berkman by virtue of his home runs and Lou Brock by his stolen base had locked up second and third. Wee Willie Keeler faced Mike Smith needing a win to tie Smith for fourth place and gain a berth in Round 5. Alas, it was not to be as Smith came out ahead 3-2. Zimmerman, Leach, and Williams head to Round 4 for a last-ditch effort to move ahead in the tournament.

Season Highlights

  • Mike Donlin7 eclipsed his team average by a long distance, ending the season at .341.
  • Matt Williams7 led in home runs with 31.
  • Four Brocks topped 100 SBs with Brock3 leading the league with 125.
  • Donlin5 had a 22-game hitting streak.
  • In one game, Lance Berkman banged out 22 hits, defeating Mike Donlin, 22-3.
  • Heinie Zimmerman7 had a 3-HR game.
  • No-Hitters
    None. Two one-hitters.

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 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 and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at

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