The first pitch at Thomas Bell Stadium was thrown on July 12th, 1938 as the Americus Cardinals (who were actually a member of the Washington Senators at the time and not St. Louis) officially moved from the old Americus Playgrounds to this huge wooden ballpark that they would spend the rest of their summers in. The players immediately responded to their new home, making the playoffs for the first time in their history with a 65-61 record (before being swept in the 1st round by Albany). Edgar Hartness tied for the league lead in Home Runs with just 8 (.278) as power wasn't quiet developed yet in this league. John Rowe's 173 hits (.316) also led the league and on the mound, Alex McColl's 16-3 record led to his league leading 2.04 ERA.