Round 3 S48

Al Simmons Featured Card baseball's greatest player playoff

We’ve got three Hall-of-Famers in this season and one “For Sure” HOFer. Al Simmons leads the field along with fellow Cooperstown alums, Dave Winfield and Luis Aparicio. They are joined by the very modern Mike Trout and Steve Finley, mid-century star Gil Hodges, and nineteenth-century stars Fred Dunlap and Paul Hines. Top four finishers are guaranteed a trip to Round 5.

Al-Simmons-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Al Simmons
Full Name: Aloysius Harry Simmons Born: Alois Szymanski
Nicknames: Bucketfoot Al

Mike-Trout-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

Played as: Mike Trout
Full Name: Michael Nelson Trout
Nicknames: Millville Meteor, Kiiiiid, God’s Gift, Trouty, Prince Fish, King Fish 2.0
Twitter: @MikeTrout

Dave-Winfield-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Dave Winfield
Full Name: David Mark Winfield
Nicknames: Winny, Dave the Rave
Twitter: @DaveWinfieldHOF

Fred-Dunlap-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Fred Dunlap
Full Name: Frederick C. Dunlap
Nicknames: Sure Shot Fred, King Fred, The King of Second Basemen

Gil-Hodges-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Gil Hodges
Full Name: Gilbert Raymond Hodges
Nicknames: The Miracle Worker

Luis-Aparicio-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Luis Aparicio
Full Name: Luis Ernesto Aparicio
Nicknames: Little Louie

Paul-Hines-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Paul Hines
Full Name: Paul Aloysius Hines
Nicknames: None

Steve-Finley-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Steve Finley
Full Name: Steven Allen Finley
Nicknames: None
Twitter: @stevefinley

The Results

Al Simmons led in batting average and home runs, leading to an impressive 101 win season. Not far behind was present superstar Mike Trout, who had the best run differential, just six games back. Winfield and Finley join them in Round 5. The others take their chances in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • While two Simmons’ and a Hines had a photo finish with .293 averages, Simmons7 took the batting title with a .2932 average.
  • Simmons8, 4, and 3 tied for the lead with 37 HRs.
  • Al Simmons had a 21-game hitting streak and Dunlap8 ended the season on a 16 game skein.
  • Ted Lyons6 lost 31 games for the Paul Hines team.
  • Pedro Martinez5 had a 1.91 ERA for Mike Trout. His 8 shutouts no doubt helped.
  • Al Simmons3 and Al Simmons9 had 3-Home Run games, Simmons9 garnering 8 RBI in the contest.
  • No-Hitters
    8/26 Pedro Martinez3 had a perfect game for Fred Dunlap vs. Luis Aparicio.

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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