To keep things exciting, the Cleveland Indians would play some Spring Training exhibition games at the ballpark. Mike Dooley came back again in 1950 to slam 36 HR while batting .314 and the Moore's… Wilcy (33 2B, 11 3B, 23 HR, .368) and Don (47 2B, 8 3B, 14 HR, .342) provided some fireworks. There was something unusual that we had not seen here in a few years however… pitching. Robert Clodfelter (20-14, 3.77) and Chris Haskins (21-8, 4.95) brought this team a pair of 20 game winners while Royce Mills (10-3, 4.39) returned to the team as well. It was enough to get the Hubbers back into the playoffs and get this town excited again about baseball as Lubbock was the only team in the league to draw more than 100k at 109,000. Albuquerque however spoiled it by taking the Hubbers out in the 1st round 4 games to 1. While it was a disappointment, it woke this town up a bit. Lubbock had baseball on their minds and for the 2nd year in a row, Lubbock was the only team to break the 100k mark in the West Texas - New Mexico League, this time drawing 112,000. Raymond Faust kept the pitching solid at 21-12, 3.40, while Raymond Machado (17-12, 4.74) and Julio Moreno (15-8, 4.74) provided the backend. The power was starting to dwindle from the lineup however as Mike Dooley was no longer with the team. Nor were the Moore's. Al Kubski (27 HR, .324) and Earl Hochstatter (36 2B, 22 HR, .356) would normally be quite a tag team but on this franchise where 1-8 were usually devastating… once you got past these two, you had it easy. Still it was enough to make the playoffs again going 80-61 (.567). 1st place Abilene put up quite a fight. After tying it at 3 games a piece, the 7th and deciding game went to the Blue Sox and Lubbock again went home empty handed. With that, Lubbock slipped to 6th place for 1952 and while they still led the league in attendance… that had also dropped to only 90k.The lineup was bordering on pathetic with Ike Palmer (62 2B, 12 HR, .351) being the only Hubber in 1952 to have double digits HR. The 8 man lineup of double digit homeruns of 1947 seemed so very long ago.