Round 3 S26


Honus-Wagner featured

No-Doubt, All-Time-Great Honus Wagner is the only Hall-of-Famer in this season but he will not have a walk in the park. Expect many triples from old-timers Roy Thomas, Mike Mitchell, and Harry Davis and more than a few home runs from the likes of Bill Nicholson, Carlos Gonzalez, and Jose Canseco. Mike Hargrove rounds out the roster to see if OBP is enough to get through to Round 5.


Honus-Wagner-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Honus Wagner
Full Name: John Peter Wagner (birth name Johannes)
Nicknames: The Flying Dutchman, Hans, Dutch

Roy-Thomas-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Roy Thomas
Full Name: Roy Allen Thomas
Nicknames: Tom-Tom

Mike-Mitchell-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mike Mitchell
Full Name: Michael Francis Mitchell
Nicknames: None

Bill-Nicholson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Bill Nicholson
Full Name: William Beck Nicholson
Nicknames: Swish, Big Bill, Nick

Carlos-Gonzalez-Greatest Player Playoff card

Played as: Carlos Gonzalez
Full Name: Carlos Eduardo Gonzalez
Nicknames: Cargo, Little Pony
Twitter: @CarGo5

Mike-Hargrove-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Mike Hargrove
Full Name: Dudley Michael Hargrove
Nicknames: The Human Rain Delay

Harry-Davis-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Harry Davis
Full Name: Harry H. Davis (no middle name; he added the H. to distinguish himself from other Harry Davis’s)
Nicknames: Jasper

Jose-Canseco-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jose Canseco
Full Name: Jose Canseco (Birth Name: José Canseco Capas, Jr.)
Nicknames: The Natural, Parkway Joe, The Chemist
Twitter@JoseCanseco

The Results

PlayerWinsLossesPct.GB
Honus Wagner10747.695*WON*
Roy Thomas8074.51927.0
Bill Nicholson7876.50629.0
Carlos Gonzalez7579.48732.0
Jose Canseco7480.48133.0
Mike Mitchell7480.48133.0
Mike Hargrove6985.44838.0
Harry Davis5995.38348.0

Honus Wagner had a 5-game lead by the end of April and never looked back, totally dominating the competition. But with 10 games to go, places two through seven were still in play, with a titanic battle for the final qualifying spot raging between Gonzalez, Canseco, Mitchell, and Hargrove. Gonzalez went on an 8-2 tear to bring fourth place home. He joins Wagner, Nicholson, and Thomas in Round 5.

Season Highlights

  • Honus Wagner set the pace for individual hitters with a .318 average.
  • Canseco8 led with 37 home runs on the season.
  • Trevor Hoffman3 pitched in 63 games for the Honus Wagner team, saving 49.
  • No-Hitters
    4/29 Pedro Martinez4 of the Jose Canseco team vs. Bill Nicholson
    5/28 Cy Young7 of Roy Thomas vs. Jose Canseco
    8/ 7 Pedro Martinez7 of Roy Thomas tossed a no-no vs. Honus Wagner. The only baserunner, when he allowed a walk in the 5th, was erased in an inning-ending double play, so he faced the minimum.

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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