Round 3 S39


Nineteenth-century outfielder Jake Stenzel has the number one seed and faces four Hall-of-Famers, Roger Bresnahan, Orlando Cepeda, Billy Herman, and Ozzie Smith, plus eventual HOFer Manny Ramirez along with Michael Bourn and fellow old-timer Mike Griffin. You know the drill: Top 4 or a .500 record for an automatic berth in Round 5.

Jake-Stenzel Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Jake Stenzel
Full Name: Jacob Charles Stenzel
Nicknames: None

Roger-Bresnahan-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Roger Bresnahan
Full Name: Roger Philip Bresnahan
Nicknames: The Duke Of Tralee

Orlando-Cepeda-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Orlando Cepeda
Full Name: Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes
Nicknames: Cha Cha, Baby Bull

Michael-Bourn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Michael Bourn
Full Name: Michael Ray Bourn
Nicknames: None

Manny-Ramirez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Manny Ramirez
Full Name: Manuel Aristides Ramirez Onelcida
Nicknames: Man-Ram, Manny Being Manny, Mannywood, Manny Angelico

Mike-Griffin-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mike Griffin
Full Name: Michael Joseph Griffin
Nicknames: None

Billy-Herman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Billy Herman
Full Name: William Jennings Bryan Herman
Nicknames: None

Ozzie-Smith-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ozzie Smith
Full Name: Osborne Earl Smith
Nicknames: The Wizard of Oz
Twitter: @STLWizard

The Results

Orlando Cepeda used consistent stickwork and not a little power to outpace Stenzel for the pennant. A 7-23 record in June doomed Ozzie Smith to a fifth-place finish, behind Manny Ramirez and Roger Bresnahan. Herman, Griffin, and Bourn join Smith in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Jake Stenzel led all teams in hitting with Stenzel3 winning the batting title with a .317 average, 103 runs scored, 46 doubles, and 76 stolen bases. He also came in second with 15 triples.
  • Orlando Cepeda took the HR crown with 34 homers.
  • Trevor Hoffman5 had 50 saves for the Orlando Cepeda team.
  • Billy Herman defeated Michael Bourn 4-3 in a 20-inning game.
  • Jake Stenzel shutout Roger Bresnahan 18-0.
  • Bernard Herman6 went 6-for-6 in a 14-inning game.
  • No-Hitters
    None. There were 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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