Round 3 S46

Dave Orr Featured-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

The 19th-century’s unknown slugger, Dave Orr has the top seed in this season but he has his work cut out for him. Hall-of-Famer Hack Wilson is the marquee player and is joined by Buck Freeman, Charlie Grimm, Jimmy Williams, and contemporary stars Thurman Munson, Mickey Tettleton, and Davey Lopes.

Played as: Dave Orr
Full Name: David Lawler Orr
Nicknames: Big Dave

Hack-Wilson-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

Played as: Hack Wilson
Full Name: Lewis Robert Wilson
Nicknames: Named after either a professional wrestler, George Hackenschmidt, or Hack Miller, an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs.

Buck-Freeman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Buck Freeman
Full Name: John Frank Freeman
Nicknames: None but he was so popular that almost every player with the last name “Freeman” invariably got “Buck” as a nickname!

Thurman-Munson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Thurman Munson
Full Name: Thurman Lee Munson
Nicknames: Tugboat, Squatty Body, The Walrus, Pudge, The Wall

Jimmy-Williams-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jimmy Williams
Full Name: James Thomas Williams
Nicknames: Button, Home Run Williams

Mickey-Tettleton-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mickey Tettleton
Full Name: Mickey Lee Tettleton
Nicknames: Froot Loops

Davey-Lopes-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Davey Lopes
Full Name: David Earl Lopes
Nicknames: None

Charlie-Grimm-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Charlie Grimm
Full Name: Charles John Grimm
Nicknames: Jolly Cholly

The Results

While Dave Orr had a commanding team batting average, Hack Wilson’s home runs were too much to overcome. Wilson easily took first place, 14 games ahead of second place Buck Freeman and 16 ahead of Orr. Jimmy Williams had a chance to tie Davey Lopes for fourth place but lost on the last day of the season. He joins Grimm, Tettleton, and Munson in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Nine Dave Orr regulars finished in the top 10 in batting average with Orr9 nabbing the title with a .310 mark. Orr3 managed 201 hits, 57 of them doubles!
  • Hack Wilson4 led with 44 HRs and 93 RBIs.
  • Buck Freeman3 had a 21-game hitting streak and Orr5 ended the season carrying one of 16 games.
  • Cy Young4 went 29-5 with a 2.01 ERA for the Hack Wilson team and the Young pitching for Buck Freeman notched 324.2 innings.
  • Trevor Hoffman4 got into 58 games for Wilson, saving 45 to lead the league in both categories.
  • Dave Orr defeated Mickey Tettleton, 17-0, knocking 24 hits.
  • Charlie Keller4 and John Anderson3 had 3-Home Run games. Anderson3 only had 6 HRs on the season!
  • No-Hitters
    7/10 Pedro Martinez of the Freeman team no-hit Mickey Tettleton, striking out 15.
    8/26 Cy Young3 of Davey Lopes vs. Thurman Munson.

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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