Round 3 S56

Ross Youngs-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Questionable Hall-of-Famer Ross Youngs, whose career was cut short by Bright’s Disease, is our top seed. He is joined by fellow New York Giant Sam Mertes and a trio of Cincinnati Reds: Ken Griffey Sr, Pat Duncan, and Tommy Harper, as well as Denny Lyons, Taffy Wright, and Bill Buckner.

Ross-Youngs-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ross Youngs
Full Name: Royce Middlebrook Youngs
Nicknames: Pep

Denny-Lyons-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Denny Lyons
Full Name: Dennis Patrick Aloysius Lyons
Nicknames: None

Sam-Mertes-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Sam Mertes
Full Name: Samuel Blair Mertes
Nicknames: Sandow, Mertes the Spiker

Ken-Griffey-Sr-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ken Griffey Sr.
Full Name: George Kenneth Griffey
Nicknames: None

Pat-Duncan-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Pat Duncan
Full Name: Louis Baird Duncan
Nicknames: He was Irish and it was the 19-teens, so he got “Pat.” It could have just as easily been “Paddy” or “Mick.”

Taffy-Wright-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Taffy Wright
Full Name: Taft Shedron Wright
Nicknames: William Howard Taft was president when he was born

Tommy-Harper-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Tommy Harper
Full Name: Tommy Harper
Nicknames: Tailwind

Bill-Buckner-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Bill Buckner
Full Name: William Joseph Buckner
Nicknames: Billy Buck

The Results

As if in response to the Hall-of-Fame question, Ross Youngs delivered, finishing a healthy 10 games ahead of second place Denny Lyons. Mertes and Wright join them in Round 5 while Griffey, Harper, Duncan, and Buckner try their luck in the Round 4 second chance/elimination round.

Season Highlights

  • The top batter was Ross Youngs7 with a healthy .339 average.
  • Not a lot of power this season with Lyons6 and Harper 4 tying for the league lead with a paltry 16 HRs.
  • Sam Mertes6 had a 20-game hitting streak.
  • Pedro Martinez4 tossed 10 shutouts and had a 1.73 ERA for the Ross Youngs team.
  • Denny Lyons9 hit for the cycle and had 8 RBIsĀ in a 16-4 rout of Taffy Wright.
  • No-Hitters
    None. But there were 4 one-hitters, three of them tossed by Pedro Martinez4.

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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