Round One S10


Jimmie Foxx swinging

More Round One action brings us All-Time Great Jimmie Foxx and power hitters Dave Kingman, Willie Horton, and Al Rosen along with Eddie Yost, Dixie Walker, and Joe Judge. How do they fare? Let’s find out!

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This photo of Jimmie Foxx was in the baseball history book I took out of the library as often as I was allowed.
PlayerWinsLossesPct.GB
Jimmie Foxx10252.662*WON*
Dixie Walker8569.55217.0
Joe Judge8371.53919.0
Jimmy Ryan7876.50624.0
Al Rosen7678.49426.0
Eddie Yost6985.44833.0
Willie Horton6589.42237.0
Dave Kingman5896.37744.0
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Dixie Walker – The People’s Cherce

I was very interested in this one; Jimmy Foxx has long been one of my favorites and Dave Kingman always intrigued me… With his all or nothing style of hitting, I think he might fit into today’s MLB just fine… he was just ahead of his time (and got royally screwed by the owner’s collusion – allegedly). Well, Double XX did not disappoint, hitting 269 homers as a team, 6 batters with over 30 HRs each. The league average was only .203 and Horton (.198), Yost (.187), and Kingman (.147) were all on the interstate.

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Joe Judge – a 5-8 First Baseman!

Not surprising, given his average, Kingman was no-hit and 1-hit four times each during the season, 5% of his games. One no-no was a 13-inning affair – 11 by Tom Seaver and 2 by Sandy Koufax in relief. Another was a perfect game by Cy Young.

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Ryan had an 18-year career that saw him hit .308

Foxx is joined by Dixie Walker, Joe Judge, and Jimmy Ryan in Round 3. The others get a second chance in Round 2.

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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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