While it was nice having the Athletics back, after spending 10 years under their stable umbrella, the Williamsport A's would last only one season. In 1954, the team would take on the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliation and go back to their original Williamsport Grays moniker. They did no better under the Pirates than they had under the A's and Tigers... finishing 2 of 3 seasons under .500 and never competing for the playoffs. When the Pirates pulled out after the 1956 season, Bowman Field would go dark for a year.