With the Championship under their belts, the Maple Leafs quickly fell out of contention. Shaw, and Dick Rudolph moved on and Toronto instantly fell to 13 games under .500. They would rebound in 1914 as they put up a 74-70 record, thanks in part to a bounce back season by Tim Jordan (27 2B, 13 HR, .301). From 1914-1916, the Maple Leafs were a good ballclub... above .500 but not very interesting, and not a team that was going to
vie for a championship. The only intriguing moment was when Babe Ruth, who was playing in his first Minor League professional games, would come here to hit his very first Home Run in 1914. This mediocrity would suddenly turn around in 1917 when Toronto hired Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie. Lajoie had played his final season for the Philadelphia A's after 14 incredible years with the Indians in which he led the league in hitting several times. The former .426 hitter for the Athletics, Lajoie would bat .376 and .384 for the Indians. Now at 42, Napoleon Lajoie took over as player/Manager for the Maple Leafs and he promptly showed why he was destined for Cooperstown as he hit a whopping .380, beating Hy Myers by nearly 40 points while also breaking Tim Jordan's doubles record (33) by hitting 39. George Whiteman was also terrific with 32 2B, 10 3B, 7 HR and a .342. On the mound Harry Thompson joined in on the fun posting a 25-11 (2.46) record to tie Dick Rudolph's all time mark while Bunny Hearn was right behind him with a 23-9, 2.03. Together they would lead this team well past mediocrity to a 93-61 record and their 2nd International League Championship trophy at this ballpark. With that... the war took over. The International League would not be able to play a full season and cut from 154 games to only 127 games for the 1918 season. In fact the International League was the only league in baseball still playing into the first week of September as all the other leagues ceased operations due to the war, a month earlier. This all didn't seem to matter to these Maple Leafs as despite playing 27 fewer games, they won nearly as many as they did during their 1917 Championship season.