Round 3 S59

Frank Baker-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Hall-of-Famer Home Run Baker and fellow HOF-ers Frank Thomas and Cap Anson are the marquee players in this season. They are joined by sluggers Hal Trosky, Jermaine Dye, and Torii Hunter plus Jimmy Sheckard and Garry Templeton. Only a top 4 finish guarantees a spot in Round 5.

Frank-Baker-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Home Run Baker
Full Name: John Franklin Baker
Nicknames: Frank

Hal-Trosky-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Hal Trosky Sr
Full Name: Harold Arthur Trosky Born: Harold Arthur Trojovsky 
Nicknames: None

Jimmy-Sheckard-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jimmy Sheckard
Full Name: Samuel James Tilden Sheckard
Nicknames: None

Frank-Thomas-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Frank Thomas
Full Name: Frank Edward Thomas
Nicknames: The Big Hurt TM <– Really!
Twitter: @TheBigHurt_35

Cap-Anson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Cap Anson
Full Name: Adrian Constantine Anson
Nicknames: Pop, The Marshalltown Infant, Baby, The Grand Old Man of Baseball, Hoss, Old Man, Uncle, Unk

Jermaine-Dye-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Jermaine Dye
Full Name: Jermaine Terrell Dye
Nicknames: JD
Twitter: @JermaineDye

Garry-Templeton-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Garry Templeton
Full Name: Garry Lewis Templeton
Nicknames: Jumpsteady, Mr. Do-It-All

Torii-Hunter-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Torii Hunter
Full Name: Torii Kedar Hunter
Nicknames: Spider-Man, Torii Wan Kenobi
Twitter: @toriihunter48

The Results

In a surprising turn of events (at least, it was surprising to me), Hal Trosky used prodigious power to join the century club and easily claim first place. Old-timers Cap Anson and Home Run Baker and The Big Hurt, Frank Thomas claimed the other Round 5 slots. The others try their luck in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Home Run Baker led all teams in hitting and Baker also took the batting title with a .309 average.
  • Hal Trosky3 led with 42 HRs.
  • All 9 Sheckard regulars had 40+ stolen bases and Sheckard99 led everyone with 61 SBs.
  • Frank Thomas9 had a 24-game hitting streak.
  • Jermaine Dye7 had a 3-Home Run game.
  • No-Hitters
    None. There were 4 one-hitters, all tossed by a Pedro Martinez.

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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