Round 3 S47


George Selkirk Featured-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

No Hall-of-Famers in this season but certainly plenty of potential. George Selkirk has the top seed and while he is no Babe Ruth, who he replaced in the Yankee lineup, he surely can get on base. We’ll also see early power hitter Jack Fournier and the Giant’s Larry Doyle face up with modern power hitters Ted Kluszewski, Eric Davis, Nelson Cruz, and Jose Bautista plus speedster Otis Nixon.

George-Selkirk-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: George Selkirk
Full Name: George Alexander Selkirk
Nicknames: Twinkletoes

Otis-Nixon-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

Played as: Otis Nixon
Full Name: Otis Junior Nixon
Nicknames: None

Jack-Fournier-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jack Fournier
Full Name: John Frank Fournier (Some sources have his birth name as Jacques)
Nicknames: None

Ted-Kluszewski-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ted Kluszewski
Full Name: Theodore Bernard Kluszewski
Nicknames: Big Klu

Larry-Doyle-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Larry Doyle
Full Name: Lawrence Joseph Doyle
Nicknames: Laughing Larry

Eric-Davis-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Eric Davis
Full Name: Eric Keith Davis
Nicknames: Eric the Red, E

Nelson-Cruz-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Nelson Cruz
Full Name: Nelson Ramon Cruz
Nicknames: Boomstick
Twitter: @ncboomstick23

Jose-Bautista-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jose Bautista
Full Name: Jose Antonio Bautista
Nicknames: Joey Bats
Twitter: @JoeyBats19

The Results

Jack Fournier improved tremendously on his Round One totals, roaring to first place with 101 wins, well ahead of second-place George Selkirk. Jose Bautista finished third and if either Doyle or Davis had won on the last day of the season, the other would not have made Round 5. The others head to Round 4 for a final crack at qualifying.

Season Highlights

  • Ted Kluszewski3 was the only Klu to make the top 12 in batting average and he took the batting title with a .303 average.
  • Selkirk8 led with 35 HRs, a much lower total than I would have expected for the league leader.
  • All nine Otis Nixons had 90+ stolen bases and Nixon3 led everyone with 126 SBs.
  • Ted Kluszewski had two different games in which he stroked 23 hits.
  • Kluszewski99 and Selkirk5 had 3-Home Run games.
  • No-Hitters
    7/31 Pedro Martinez7, pitching for Big Klu, tossed a perfect game against Nelson Cruz.

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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