Photograph from the Utah State Historical Society, courtesy of Fred Sagebaum
The 1959 Pirates were certainly a championship team but they did seem to have a bit of a power shortage. 1960 would change all that as future Pittsburgh Pirates 1B R.C. Stevens, who led the team in 1959 with 19 HRs, came back to slam 37 bombs over the Derks Field fences tying the all time Derks Field lead set by Jimmy McDaniel in 1958. Washington Senators
1B Harry Bright also had a fantastic season with 31 doubles, 13 triples, 27 homers and 119 RBI to go along with his .313 batting average. As good as this team was however, they just didn't have the pitching and settled for an 80-73 record in 3rd place. The Pirates affiliation had definately brought some excitement to Derks Field but their 3 year PDC had come to an end. The Pirates were replaced by the Indians who "filled in" for a year after pulling out of Maple Leafs Park in Toronto. The Indians ballclub finished 20 games below .500 with a 67-87 record in 8th place, despite some good talent including future Indians 1B Hal Jones (35 2B, 27 HR, 100 RBI, .270), future Indians OF Al Uplow (18 2B, 16 3B, 18 HR, .302), future Indians Manager Doc Edwards (14 2B, 331), future Indians 12 year MLB career SS Larry Brown (.214), future Cleveland Indians All-Star Sonny Siebert (0-1, 5.46), future NY Yankees 12 MLB career man Steve Hamilton (10-12, 3.77) and future Cleveland Indians 6 time All-Star and 20 game winner Sam McDowell (13-10, 4.42, 18 years old). After the season was completed, the Indians headed south to Jacksonville Florida's Wolfson Stadium. The vacancy wasn't filled but instead the Bees signed a co-op deal to Derks Field. Despite the lack of MLB direction the 1962 Bees featured some fine talent including future All-Star Dodgers closer Jim Brewer (10-10, 4.31) and future Indians 3B slugger, All-Star Max Alvis (35 2B, 11 3B, 25 HR, 91 RBI, .319). The Bees finished an impressive 81-73, in 2nd place under the co-op agreement that included taking some future Chicago Cubs players. When the 1963 season came around, the Cubs signed up to Derks Field full time... and sent the team plummeting to 9th place or worse for 3 consecutive seasons, including an absolutely miserable 1964 when the team went 58-98.