Round One S13


Ted Williams Swinging

More from Round One: Hall-of-Famers Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn go head-to-head against some terrific ballplayers – Lance Berkman, Willie Randolph, Ed Konetchy, Mike Trout, Bob Elliott, and Bill Madlock. I was looking forward to this one: Ted Williams, the guy I always thought of as “Greatest Hitter of All Time,” in the same league as Mike Trout, who as of 2015 had never finished below 2nd in the MVP vote, and Tony Gwynn, the last hitter to come close to .400. This has all the makings of a barn burner!

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What might have been? FIVE YEARS lost to military service!
PlayerWinsLossesPct.GB
Ted Williams10450.675*WON*
Mike Trout8965.57815.0
Ed Konetchy8272.53222.0
Tony Gwynn8173.52623.0
Bob Elliott7282.46832.0
Bill Madlock6688.42938.0
Lance Berkman6391.40941.0
Willie Randolph5995.38345.0
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If he stays healthy, Mike Trout is the guy our grandkids will talk about

While Gwynn led handily in batting average with a .270 average vs. the league’s .226, Teddy Ballgame drew plenty of walks and hit quite a few homers to win the most games.

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I love these B-18 Blankets… they are an unusual collectible in the baseball card industry

Highlights: On opening day, one Williams walked 5 times in 6 trips to the plate and a Tom Seaver tossed a no-hitter. This was not the same game!

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Tony Gwynn could flat out HIT!

Williams, Trout, and Gwynn all made the cut and will be joined by Ed Konetchy 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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