The new Pompano Beach Cubs came to Municipal Stadium in 1976 with a very strong pitching staff. Future 11 year MLB veteran starter Ron Davis would go 8-8 with a 3.76 ERA (he returned in 1977 going 8-7 with a 4.14 ERA), before going on to play for the Yankees, Cubs and Twins. All eyes however were on 18 year old Lee Smith. Smith seemed to have a lot of talent but couldn't put it all together. He went 4-8 with a 5.35 ERA. The following season, he seemed to be more confident and put up a 10-4 record with a 4.29 ERA for Pompano, earning him his promotion to Double-A. Lee Smith would eventually go on to break many records for relief pitchers in his 18 year MLB career.