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The Pirates brought with them a couple of good pitchers in Charles Berry (14-8, 4.02) and James Mitchell (14-11, 2.83). but not much in the way of hitting. Future Pirates’ R.C. Stevens (.246) and Washington Senators’ George Genovese (.262) were the first two players to make it to the Majors from Batavia in quite some time. Attendance jumped over the 30k mark but by 1953, Batavia was once again in 7th place with a 46-78 record and with that, only 25,000 came through the gate. Future Pirates’ Roman Mejias (30 2B, 10 3B, 8 HR, .322) was the only player to make it to the MLB. With attendance and the team itself near the bottom of the league, the Pirates pulled out of Batavia. No one came knocking at the door either to sign the team up again. Without an affiliate to call Batavia home, Dwyer Stadium would go dark to professional baseball for the first time ever, for 3 very long seasons. It wasn’t until 1957 when an old friend came calling… the Cleveland Indians agreed to bring Batavia out of the dark and signed Dwyer Stadium on for a 3 year PDC. Former Clippers slugger Don Richmond, who still owned the triples record at Batavia came in to manage the team and they would play for the first 2 seasons within a few games of .500 ball. The team and the league would change their names as the new Batavia team was now known as the Batavia Indians and the PONY League was now renamed the NY-Penn League.