The Dublin Irish played their final season in 1956 when the Georgia State League closed up shop. The Irish finished in last place at 40-80 (.333) in front of 20k fans. With Hazlehurst-Baxley drawing just 9,500 fans all season long, the Georgia State League suspended operations for good. Many thought it would be the end of the line for this ballpark, but then something very special happened… the Single-A Georgia Florida League (who had taken over the Fitzgerald franchise after the GSL came to an end), moved their Baltimore Orioles affiliate to Dublin in 1958. Because of this, Dublin lost its "Irish heritage" and were simply called the Dublin Orioles. With that, they brought with them the one and only future Hall of Famer ever to call this ballpark home. At 27 years old, this 2nd baseman only played in 37 games bating .294 with 4 HR. The reason is, he wasn't here to play 2B… he was here to manage. The fiery stocky 2B brought a ton of passion to the team as Earl Weaver was honing his craft not on the field, but in the dugout to one day become a Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver didn't have much talent on this team except for Robert Bird (18 HR, .281), George Werley (league leading 16-10, 4.28) and Lovett Park's future Major League All-Star… Steve Barber who wasn't quite there yet posting a 5-5, 5.00 record. Barber would eventually go to become a 20 game winner for the Baltimore Orioles under Earl Weaver's managerial reign. The Dublin Orioles finished with a 72-56 (.563) record in Earl's one season here in Dublin. It was enough to get them into 3rd place but not enough to make the playoffs. Attendance topped out at 31.7k. Unfortunately, the Georgia-Florida League would  suspend operations at the end of the season and the league (and this ballpark) would go dark for 4 long seasons.