Round 4 S16


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The Hitters

Jimmy Sheckard and Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers have the top two seeds in this “go big or go home” season. They will have to contend with the power of Ted Kluszewski and Dale Murphy as well as the solid hitting of Henry Larkin, Wally Pipp, Raul Ibanez, and personal favorite, the ageless Julio Franco. Only the top four finishers are guaranteed to advance.

Jimmy Sheckard
Round One S71
Round Two
Round 3 S59
W – L
84-70
BYE
75-79
Jimmy-Sheckard-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Gil Hodges
Round One S54
Round Two
Round 3 S48
W – L
77-77
BYE
75-79
Gil-Hodges-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Ted Kluszewski
Round One S73
Round Two
Round 3 S47
W – L
81-73
BYE
66-88
Ted-Kluszewski-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Dale Murphy
Round One S47
Round Two S08
Round 3 S18
W – L
75-79
81-73
70-84
Dale-Murphy-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Henry Larkin
Round One S07
Round Two
Round 3 S05
W – L
79-75
BYE
59-95
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Wally Pipp
Round One S20
Round Two S29
Round 3 S19
W – L
71-83
85-69
61-93
Wally-Pipp-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Raul Ibanez
Round One S60
Round Two S28
Round 3 S35
W – L
61-93
85-69
66-88
Raul-Ibanez-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Julio Franco
Round One S35
Round Two S01
Round 3 S58
W – L
56-98
77-77
68-86
Julio-Franco-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

The Results

Henry Larkin picked up his 77th win on the last day of the season, elevating his record to .500 and locking in a position for Round 5. He joins pennant winner Jimmy Sheckard, Dale Murphy, and Gil Hodges who tied for second place, and Ted “Big Klu” Kluszewski who took fourth, despite having the largest run differential of all teams. His 1-11 record in extra innings did him in. Things did not work out for Raul Ibanez, Wally Pipp, or Julio Franco as they did not qualify.

Season Highlights

  • Ted Kluszewski4 set the pace among individual batters with a .316 average. He also fashioned a 20-game hit streak.
  • Dale Murphy9 took the home run crown with 32 four-baggers.
  • Julio Franco shut out Wally Pipp, 20-0. The Franco team pounded out 22 hits. Not to be outdone, Big Klu shut out Raul Ibanez, 17-0. Kluszewski out hit Ibanez, 27-4.
  • Dale Murphy5 struck out 6 times in a 13-inning game.
  • Franco5 had 3 home runs in the bloodbath mentioned above. Gil Hodges also had a 3-HR game.
  • No-Hitters
    None. Three one-hitters.

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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