When Americus first joined the brand new Georgia-Florida League, it was as a co-op team. Even though they didn't have an official St. Louis Cardinals affiliation until the following season, the new club dubbed themselves the Americus Cardinals and featured some good pitching (John Kearns 17-7; W. Wood 16-11; Harry Cannon 12-7) as well as Herman Cole (153 League Leading Hits, 29 2B, .336), Ed Grayston (16 2B, 10 HR, .278) and future Cincinnati Reds' Dick West (28 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, .330) at the plate. While they didn't make the playoffs, Americus finished in a respectable 3rd place at 59-57. By 1936, the St. Louis Cardinals would indeed name this team its official affiliate. Ed Grayston returned in 1936 to again lead this team with at 10 HR (33 3B, .333, 96 League Leading RBI's) along with Jim Guinn (161 League Leading Hits, 20 2B, 8 3B, 7 HR, .323) helping at the plate. On the mound, Americus featured the best pitcher in the game with James McClure (22 League Leading Wins, 179 League Leading Strikeouts). Still… somehow it was only good enough for a 3rd place finish at an even .500. With that the Cardinals were gone and the Brooklyn Dodgers signed the newly vacant Americus Cardinals to a Player Development Contract.