Round 3 S55

Babe Herman-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

No Hall-of-Famers this season but definitely some favorites that may stick around for a few rounds. Babe Herman is the earliest player and has the top seed. Curt Walker and Mickey Vernon represent later years with Boog Powell, Hal McRae, Jim Wynn, and Toby Harrah holding down the 70s and 80s and Pat Burrell as the most modern.

Babe-Herman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Babe Herman
Full Name: Floyd Caves Herman
Nicknames: Herman the Great, The Pride of Flatbush, “Babe” came from an admiring female fan

Curt-Walker-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Curt Walker
Full Name: William Curtis Walker
Nicknames: Honey

Boog-Powell-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Boog Powell
Full Name: John Wesley Powell
Nicknames: “Boog” was a family bestowed nickname

Mickey-Vernon-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mickey Vernon
Full Name: James Barton Vernon
Nicknames: He picked up “Mickey” as a child based on a song he played over and over again

Hal-McRae-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Hal McRae
Full Name: Harold Abraham McRae
Nicknames: None

Jim-Wynn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jim Wynn
Full Name: James Sherman Wynn
Nicknames: The Toy Cannon, Jimmy

Toby-Harrah-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Toby Harrah
Full Name: Colbert Dale Harrah
Nicknames: Stone Fingers

Pat-Burrell-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Pat Burrell
Full Name: Patrick Brian Burrell
Nicknames: Pat the Bat

The Results

Jimmy Wynn laid out the evidence that his career could have been much different had he played in better hitter’s parks, fighting off a late surge by Babe Herman to retain first place. Curt Walker and Boog Powell also qualified for Round 5, finishing in the top 4. The others face elimination in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Babe Herman led all teams in hitting and Herman6 took the batting title with a .308 average.
  • Boog Powell led all hitters with 38 HRs.
  • 2 went 28-5 for the Charlie Keller team and notched 320.1 innings.
  • Trevor Hoffman got into 60 games for Herman, saving 43. Powell’s Hoffman1 saved 46 to lead the league.
  • Boog Powell was the king of multi-homer games: Powell9 cranked 4 round-trippers in a game and Powell5, Powell9, and Powell99 all had 3-Home Run games.
  • Pedro Martinez3 had 19 Ks in 10 2/3 innings vs Pat Burrell. The Hal McRae team won, 2-1 in 20 innings.
  • No-Hitters
    None. There was only 1 one-hitter tossed by Cy Young.

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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