Round 4 S09

Dixie Walker-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

The Hitters

Dixie Walker has the top seed with three Hall-of-Famers down ballot in King Kelly, Tony Perez, and Billy Herman. Also in the mix are 70’s slugger, Sal Bando, Larry Gardner, and the modern stars, Gary Redus and Edwin Encarnacion. No one wants that long bus ride home.

Dixie Walker
Round One S11
Round Two
Round 3 S30
W – L
Dixie-Walker-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card
Sal Bando
Round One S55
Round Two
Round 3 S04
W – L
Sal-Bando-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Larry Gardner
Round One S27
Round Two
Round 3 S41
W – L
Larry-Gardner-Card2 Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
King Kelly
Round One S28
Round Two S06
Round 3 S17
W – L
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Tony Perez
Round One S09
Round Two S27
Round 3 S21
W – L
Tony-Perez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Billy Herman
Round One S28
Round Two S29
Round 3 S39
W – L
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Gary Redus
Round One S04
Round Two S21
Round 3 S31
W – L
Gary-Redus-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Edwin Encarnacion
Round One S40
Round Two S20
Round 3 S30
W – L
Edwin-Encarnacion-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

The Results

Seemingly playing above his head, King Kelly went 39-20 in one-run games to snatch the pennant. Joining him in Round 5 will be Gary Redus, Dixie Walker, Billy Herman, and Tony Perez who finished fifth but with a +.500 record. We bid a fond farewell to Encarnacion, Bando, and Gardner.

Season Highlights

  • Dixie Walker led all teams in average with Walker5 and Herman7 stroking the old horsehide at a .323 clip. Kelly8 was a single point behind at .322.
  • Tony Perez99 led all hitters with 30 home runs.
  • Dixie Walker3 had a 25-game hitting streak and Perez8 was working on a 19-gamer as the season ended.
  • Dizzy Dean2 and Dizzy Dean4 each appeared in 65 games.
  • On May 2nd, King Kelly shut out Gary Redus 15-0. The next day, Kelly blasted Redus 17-0 on 22 hits. On the 4th, Kelly shut out Redus 2-0. That must have been a long homestand for the Redus fans.
  • Babe Herman also had two 22-hit games, one in extra innings. Jesse Barnes5 gave up 21 of those in 7 1/3 innings of pitching.
  • No-Hitters
    4/13 Cole Hamels3 of GAR vs. SAB in 9 innings 

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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