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The 1943 Clippers finished with a miserable 49-61 record despite excellent seasons from future NY Giantsí Pet Milne (.332) and an incredible run by Benjamin Visan (33 2Bs, 7 HRs, .369) who would take over Al Cihockiís .342 lead in batting by 27 points and Walt Chippleís record for doubles. Future Indiansí Earl Henry meanwhile would set the all time losses record with 7-13 despite a 3.52 ERA. With the war raging on, attendance dropped to 27k in Batavia which put them 4th in the now 6 team league with Hamilton and Bradford dropping out. It was the first season that Batavia didnít make the playoffs. By 1944 they were back on the upswing however going 70-55 for 3rd place. Attendance was rebounding too at 36k on the year. Francis Maloney (14-6, 1.91), Louis Palmisiano (14-9, 3.23) and David Pryor (14-9, 3.19) all won 14 games with Maloney taking over the all time ERA title for Batavia. Future Indiansí Bob Rothel batted .337 with 33 doubles tying Benjamin Visanís record. Batavia lost in the 1st round to Jamestown.