Round 3 S32

Albert Pujols Featured

Future Hall-of-Famer, Albert Pujols takes on current Cooperstown enshrinees Lou Boudreau and Joe Torre (in as a manager) and a solid batch of contenders including Maury Wills, Elmer Valo, Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky, and baseball pioneer Ross Barnes (he of the .360 lifetime batting average!). 154 games will tell us who moves forward and who heads to the minors.

Albert-Pujols-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Albert Pujols
Full Name: Jose Alberto Pujols
Nicknames: Prince Albert, Phat Albert, Sir Albert, The Machine, Big Al, El Hombre, The Mang, (along with Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen) MV3
Twitter: @PujolsFive

Lou-Boudreau-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Lou Boudreau
Full Name: Louis Boudreau
Nicknames: Old Shufflefoot, Handsome Lou, The Good Kid

Maury-Wills-Card Baseball's Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Maury Wills
Full Name: Maurice Morning Wills
Nicknames: Mousey

Elmer-Valo-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Elmer Valo
Full Name: Elmer William Valo
Nicknames: Wall Crusher

Fred-Lynn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Fred Lynn
Full Name: Fredric Michael Lynn
Nicknames: (With Jim Rice) The Gold Dust Twins

Johnny-Pesky-Card baseball's greatest player playoffe

Played as: Johnny Pesky
Full Name: John Michael Pesky (Birth Name: John Michael Paveskovich)
Nicknames: The Needle, Mr. Red Sox

Ross-Barnes-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ross Barnes
Full Name: Charles Roscoe Barnes
Nicknames: None

Joe-Torre-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Joe Torre
Full Name: Joseph Paul Torre
Nicknames: Chicken (as in Chicken-Catcher-Torre)
Twitter: @joetorre

The Results

Albert Pujols9460.610*WON*
Joe Torre8569.5529.0
Maury Wills8569.5529.0
Ross Barnes7777.50017.0
Fred Lynn7579.48719.0
Johnny Pesky6787.43527.0
Elmer Valo6787.43527.0
Lou Boudreau6688.42928.0

Albert Pujols won handily thanks to his power numbers and Joe Torre and Maury Wills represented opposites in power and speed as they join the relatively unknown Ross Barnes in Round 5. Fred Lynn had a chance but ran into Pujols for the final series of the season. He and the others head to Round 4 for another chance to advance.

Season Highlights

  • Three different Peskys topped the batting charts with Pesky5 leading the league with a .313 batting average.
  • Maury Wills had the speed department locked up, monopolizing the top ten in stolen bases. 6 Willses topped 100 SBs, Wills8 leading with 119.
  • The Trevor Hoffman pitching for Pujols appeared in 62 games, saving 46.
  • Albert Pujols had a 3-HR game.
  • Maury Wills4 had 6 stolen bases in a single game, getting 3 singles from the 9-hole and stealing second and third base each time.
  • No-Hitters
    8/29 Cy Young7 of the Ross Barnes team tossed a no-no against Lou Boudreau.

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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