1920 – William Dean, DH, Atlanta Black Crackers
Stats: 19 G, 22/71, 15 R, 6 2B, 9 HR, 31 RBI, .310 / .412 / .803

Though
both William Hawks and James Navarro were an almost-unstoppable tag
team for Louisville, Dean was just that much of a force in the playoffs
to negate their performances. Though the two of them were able to shut
down the rest of the Black Crackers’ lineup, Dean persevered for the
entirety of the playoffs, starting with a 10 RBI performance in
Detroit. Dean homered twice in the series, including the deciding game
six, and set an almost impossible standard with 31 RBI.

1921 – Billy Walters, LF, Columbus Blue Birds
Stats: 20 G, 31/86, 24 R, 8 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 SB, .360 / .433 / .744

We
already knew he was a talent like no other at this point, so putting up
these absolutely inhuman numbers wasn’t that much of a surprise. But
chew on this: his 11 steals in 20 games was below average given his
season numbers. Naturally, that comes as a result of his remarkable
five triples, which combined with his five homers gave him sixteen RBI.
Hitting leadoff.

1922 – Tommy Lutz, RP, Pittsburgh Crawfords
Stats: 5 G, 23 2/3 IP, 3-0, 24 K, 0.76 ERA, 0.72 WHIP

A
very odd choice, since Lutz’s move from the rotation to the bullpen in
the postseason meant that he started no games for the Craws in their
swift run through the playoffs. Pitching absolutely lights out baseball
in his five games, Lutz won two of the four games in the World Series
against St. Louis and pitched seven phenomenal innings to close out the
deciding game 4.

1923 – Boris Maudlin, RF, Columbus Blue Birds
Stats: 15 G, 24/57, 13 R, 6 2B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, .421 / .542 / .789

As
usual, it’s difficult to just pick one part of that Blue Birds lineup
to focus on for a particular postseason, but in those fifteen games,
Maudlin was near perfect at the plate. Though his homer and double
numbers are slightly deflated because of the Blue Birds’ speedy run
through the playoffs, an OPS of 1.331 will always stand out, even in
that lineup.

1924 – Dewayne Hartzell, SP, New York Black Yankees
Stats: 5 G, 4-0, 4 QS, 3 CG, 45 IP, 40 K, 1.80 ERA, 1.04 WHIP

Some
might say, give any team Hartzell, Shin, and Jones, and they’ll win.
Though the offense of Richard Korman and Matt Graybill certainly played
a role in that memorable championship, pitching was the name of the
game for the 1924 Black Yankees. Shin and Hartzell both won four games
in their run, but Hartzell’s starts were more spectacular, more
dominant; his ten-inning performance against Detroit’s Keith Powell in
the LCS was nothing but masterful.

1925 – Bruce Pope, 3B, Kansas City Monarchs
Stats: 17 G, 24/61, 15 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, .393 / .507 / .672

Sometimes
consistency is all that matters. Pope didn’t have a flashy postseason,
but what stood out next to Chris Jones and Billy Walters was his
remarkable steadfastness hitting eighth in the championship Monarchs
lineup. Pope seemed good for two hits a night that postseason, whether
it meant driving someone in, moving someone over, or getting in line
for the top of the order.

1926 – Charles Lorenzo, C, Birmingham Black Barons
Stats: 20 G, 31/86, 23 R, 12 HR, 25 RBI, .360 / .427 / .837

Not
bad for a mids