Round One continues with the greatest leadoff hitter in history as the top seed. Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson matches his offensive output with Rusty Staub, Gary Gaetti, 19th-century star Bill Lange, fellow speedster Juan Pierre, Hall-of-Famer George Kell, Jermaine Dye, and Billy Shindle.
Although George Kell led the league in batting with .247, as I surmised would happen, Rickey Henderson more than made up the difference with walks and stolen bases. The league as a whole only batted .201, with five of the eight teams on the interstate.
The George Kells had a 20-hit game in which they shutout the Jermain Dyes 13 – 0 and three different Rickey Hendersons had 6-SB games. Two Rickey Hendersons and one Juan Pierre managed over 130 SBs on the season. There were no no-hitters but one Walter Johnson threw 11 no-hit innings until he made way for Sandy Koufax, who was tagged with the loss in the 13th.
Henderson, Kell, and Pierre are joined by Bill Lange (who?) in Round 3. The others get a second chance in Round 2.