Round 3 S27

Joey Votto Featured

Joey Votto looks to see if he can maintain his membership in the Century Club as he takes the top seed in this season that features three Hall-of-Famers in the person of Sam Rice, Pee Wee Reese, and Ernie Lombardi. Also in the mix are old-timers Sam Wise and Baby Doll Jacobson and a couple of old Cleveland teammates in Rico Carty and George Hendrick. It’s going to take a top-four finish to automatically move on to Round 5.

Joey-Votto-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Joey Votto
Full Name: Joseph Daniel Votto
Nicknames: Votto-matic, Tokki 2, JoVo, Who, In Flanders Fields

Sam-Rice-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Sam Rice
Full Name: Edgar Charles Rice
Nicknames: Man o’ War

Rico-Carty-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Rico Carty
Full Name: Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo Carty
Nicknames: Beeg Boy, Beeg Mon

George-Hendrick-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: George Hendrick
Full Name: George Andrew Hendrick
Nicknames: Silent George

Pee-Wee-Reese-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Pee Wee Reese
Full Name: Harold Henry Reese
Nicknames: The Little Colonel, The Captain

Sam Wise Baseball's Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Sam Wise
Full Name: Samuel Washington Wise
Nicknames: Modoc

Ernie-Lombardi-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Ernie Lombardi
Full Name: Ernesto Natali Lombardi
Nicknames: Schnozz, Bocci, Lom, Lumbago, The Cyrano of the Iron Mask

Baby-Doll-Jacobson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Baby Doll Jacobson
Full Name: William Chester Jacobson
Nicknames: None

The Results

Joey Votto10153.656*WON*
Ernie Lombardi8866.57113.0
Baby Doll Jacobson8272.53219.0
Sam Rice7975.51322.0
Rico Carty7579.48726.0
Sam Wise6886.44233.0
Pee Wee Reese6589.42236.0
George Hendrick5896.37743.0

Joey Votto showed his 101 Round 1 wins were no fluke, matching that total here in Round 3. He easily out-distanced second place Lombardi with Jacobson and Rice also qualifying for Round 5. The others head for a second chance in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Sam Rice5 led all individual batters with a .322 average. He and another Rice had 22-game hitting streaks.
  • Two different Ernie Lombardis tied for the home run crown with 34.
  • The Cy Young pitching for the Votto team tallied 29 victories while the Young pitching for George Hendrick lost 29.
  • Rico Carty5 and Ernie Lombardi3 each had 3-HR games.
  • The individual hitter Rico Carty scored 5 times in a game against Baby Doll Jacobson.
  • No-Hitters
    6/24 Cy Young of Baby Doll Jacobson tossed a perfect game against Sam Wise.

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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