Photograph Courtesy of Jordan Anderson
As the war raged on, the Pioneer League was unable to keep up with the number of teams losing players to the fighting overseas. The Pioneer League like most other systems, suspended operations for 3 years. When the league returned in 1946, both John Affleck Stadium and the Cincinnati Reds were there waiting for them. Everything resumed to nearly the same way it had been, before the war. There were some star
statistics and one future superstar to prove it. Dale Long came to the team at the age of 20 and batted .330 with 22 2B and 8 3B. Long would be a late developer but he would get hot with the Pittsburgh Pirates, as their new slugger. Long would hit 20 2B, 27 HR and bat .263 in 1956 to become John Affleck Stadium's first future Major League All-Star. Long would play a total of 10 years in the Majors, mostly for the Pirates, Cubs and Yankees. Dale was joined by Fletcher Robbe (26 2B, .339) and future Browns/Red Sox George Schmees (20 2B, 10 3B, 9 HR, .316) who tied Frank Pawlik (30 2B, 18 3B, 9 HR) for the team lead in the power department. It was the pitching however, where the best overall numbers on the team were being produced... especially by future Cincinnati Reds pitcher Harry Perkowski. Harry put up astounding numbers to top Clayton Lambert for the best pitching performance at Affleck, posting a 23-6 record to go along with a 2.09 ERA beating Lambert in both categories. Ludwig Lew was also strong at 18-13, 2.96. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this team however, was the fact that they finished in 3rd place and didn't even get a playoff berth.