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This ended the golden era of Batavia baseball. Though they would hover around the .500 mark over the next 4 years, they would only make the playoffs once (1949) and lose in the 1st round. Attendance from 1947-1949 would remain steady at 55,000. There were a handful of good players during this time. 1947 saw Matthew Zorko hit 17 HRs and bat .303. George Socha and George Becka would win 13 games apiece in 1948, and Robert Deeds would win 18 games going 18-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 1949. One player however would be a monster at the plate as Eugene Links would bat .268 and slam a whopping 24 homers to beat Dick Kokosí record of 21 at Dwyer Stadium. Over the next two seasons, with Batavia leaving the .500 mark to go on a terrible slide to the bottom of the league, attendance began to drop rapidly with only 38,000 coming to park in 1950 and a last place 29,000 in 1951. Robert Aiello tried his best at 18 to stop the slide in 1950 slamming 22 HRs while batting .305, but things were getting very quiet at Dwyer Stadium during the early 1950ís. The Cleveland Indians left town by 1952 after a wonderful relationship which saw 2 PONY League titles come to the stadium. They would be replaced by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1952 season.