Round 3 S54


Pete Browning-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Pete Browning’s lifetime .341 batting average highlights a season that features Hall-of-Famers Deacon White and Gabby Hartnett. Also in the mix are Yankee star Bernie Williams, Gashouse Gang member Pepper Martin, the Tigers Norm Cash, Lance Johnson, and Bobby Grich.

Pete-Browning-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Pete Browning
Full Name: Louis Rogers Browning
Nicknames: The Louisville Slugger, Gladiator, Red Light District Pete

Deacon-White-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Deacon White
Full Name: James Laurie White
Nicknames: “Deacon” came about due to his being the son of a preacher and his “silver-tongued oratory.”

Bernie-Williams-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Bernie Williams
Full Name: Bernabe Williams
Nicknames: Bambi, Bern, Baby Bern
Twitter: @bw51official

Gabby Hartnett-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Gabby Hartnett
Full Name: Charles Leo Hartnett
Nicknames: Old Tomato Face, “Gabby” came because he was quiet and unpretentious

Pepper-Martin-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Pepper Martin
Full Name: Johnny Leonard Roosevelt Martin
Nicknames: The Wild Horse Of The Osage, “Pepper” may have been due to his daring base running and constant chatter

Norm-Cash-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Norm Cash
Full Name: Norman Dalton Cash
Nicknames: Stormin’ Norman

Lance-Johnson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Lance Johnson
Full Name: Kenneth Lance Johnson
Nicknames: One Dog

Bobby-Grich-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Bobby Grich
Full Name: Robert Anthony Grich
Nicknames: Bird, Lizard

The Results

Pete Browning lost on opening day and then reeled off 6 straight victories before cruising the rest of the way to the pennant. Martin, Cash, and Hartnett fought for second place right down to the last week of the season. They head to Round 5 while the others face elimination in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Pete Browning led all teams in batting average with Browning9 copping the batting title with a .322 average.
  • Hartnett3 and Norm Cash tied for the league lead with 31 home runs.
  • Lance Johnson had 166 team triples; 10 Johnsons had 12 or more for the season with Johnson6 leading the league with 23.
  • Pete Browning had a 22-game hitting streak.
  • Trevor Hoffman7 got into 60 games for Browning with a league-leading 45 saves.
  • Pepper Martin2, Gabby Hartnett6, Gabby Hartnett99, and Norm Cash99 had 3-Home Run games.
  • No-Hitters
    4/24 Pedro Martinez5 of Norm Cash vs. Bernie Williams
    7/ 1 Pedro Martinez4 of Lance Johnson vs. Gabby Hartnett

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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