Round 3 S50

Bill-Joyce-Featured-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

Quite a few good ballplayers this season, as obviously nineteenth-century Bill Joyce takes the number one seed. He’ll have to contend with sluggers Mark McGwire, Chuck Klein (HOF), Jack Clark, Derrek Lee, Fred McGriff, and John Olerud, not to mention Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Collins.

Bill-Joyce-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Bill Joyce
Full Name: William Michael Joyce
Nicknames: Scrappy Bill

Mark-McGwire-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Mark McGwire
Full Name: Mark David McGwire
Nicknames: Big Mac, Big Red, Colossus, The Reptile, (with Jose Canseco) The Bash Brothers

Chuck-Klein-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Chuck Klein
Full Name: Charles Herbert Klein
Nicknames: The Hoosier Hammer (er)

Jack-Clark -Greatest Player Playoff card

Played as: Jack Clark
Full Name: Jack Anthony Clark
Nicknames: Jack the Ripper

Derrek-Lee-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Derrek Lee
Full Name: Derrek Leon Lee
Nicknames: D-Lee, Rodan

Jimmy-Collins-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jimmy Collins
Full Name: James Joseph Collins
Nicknames: None

Fred-McGriff-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Fred McGriff
Full Name: Frederick Stanley McGriff
Nicknames: The Crime Dog

John-Olerud-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: John Olerud
Full Name: John Garrett Olerud
Nicknames: Big Rude, Johnny O

The Results

It came down to the final day of the season: Mark McGwire defeated Chuck Klein with a 10th inning home run to take the pennant. They will be joined in Round 5 by Bill Joyce and Jack Clark, while McGriff, Lee, Olerud, and Collins try their luck in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Chuck Klein led the teams in batting average by a wide margin and Klein5 took the batting title with .304.
  • McGwire99 cranked an impressive 54 HRs and also led the league with 98 RBIs and 100 runs scored.
  • Trevor Hoffman1 got into 61 games for Klein, saving 47. Bruton’s Hoffman saved 42 to lead the league.
  • McGwire7 and Jack Clark5 had 3-Home Run games.
  • No-Hitters
    5/12 Cy Young7 tossed a no-hitter for Mark McGwire against Derrek Lee. The only base runner he allowed was a 6th inning walk.

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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