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The war also kept the St. Louis Browns from returning to Conrad Park. Because travel was restricted during this time, Major League teams kept their franchises close at hand, so the Browns would spend the next 3 years playing at Fairgrounds Park in Cape Girardeau Missouri. Spring Training baseball would never return to Conrad Park. The War finally ended and things went back to normal by 1946. The Red Hats returned to the FSL but would not hold an affiliation. In fact, they would never hold an affiliation again for the rest of their duration in professional baseball. 1946 would see Robert Kennington win 21 games going 21-10 with a 3.34 ERA. George Koval also was a 20 game winner however... he also lost 20 games as well!... finishing the season with a 20-20, 3.24 record. That seemed to set the tone for the season as the team itself finished even at 68-68. They would still make the playoffs and as usual, lose in the first round. In 1947, the Red Hats got one of their former players back from Cincinnati with the triumphant return of Chuck Aleno. Aleno promptly took the reigns and knocked 9 homers out of the park which set a new all time record for the Red Hats to compliment his 21 doubles and .321 batting average. Eugene Ciolek also provided some fireworks with 32 doubles and 8 homers along with a .272 batting average, and DeLand's strong pitching continued with a 19-11, 2.70 performance by Juan Perez. The Red Hats did much better finishing the season with a 80-58 record easily gliding into the playoffs where they of course lost in the 1st round.