Before the Chicago Cubs left the building... they brought former Philadelphia Athletics' Ace Parker (league leading .331 batting average 1946 / 34 2B, .315 1947), Paul Varner (23 2B, .303, league leading 93 Runs), pitchers Bruno Somenzi (18-5, 2.25) and Woody Johnson (15-7, 2.15) and Vernon Shetler (32 2B, 12 3B, league leading 20 HR, .291) to keep the Portsmouth Cubs in the playoffs (of course not taking home any trophies). With Chicago's umbrella gone by 1948, the Cubs continued to compete behind great pitching (Lou Ciola's 12-6, league leading 1.69 ERA). Having the league leading ERA in 1948 was quite a big deal considering Portsmouth's biggest rival... the Norfolk Tars, had future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford as their ace (16-8, 2.58). While there weren't any future All-Stars, Frank D. Lawrence kept the team fully stocked with great pitching in 1949 with Angelo Nardella (league leading 20-7, 3.26) and Joseph Baker (16-9, 3.20) along with solid hitting such as Bud Metheny (24 2B, 9 HR, .336). To prove how good a baseball man Frank D. Lawrence was... by 1950 the Portsmouth Cubs were back in 1st place yet again with no Major League ties. Their biggest local rivals however, all had ties to the 3 great New York City Major League teams... Norfolk was the NY Yankees affiliate, Newport News was the Brooklyn Dodgers Class B franchise and Richmond was owned by the New York Giants. And with that... here were Frank D. Lawrence's lowly co-op Portsmouth Cubs yet again finishing above them all in 1st place with a 83-54 record.