Part of that reason for that 1st place team was another one of Lawrence's magical signings. In 1950, Frank D. Lawrence went to Des Moines to buy the contract of Ken Guettler from the Des Moines Bruins. Guettler had shown some tremendous power at the age of 20 hitting 25 HR for Griffin and then 18 HR for Triple-A Des Moines (Class A) the following season. Lawrence knew that Guettler was a one man fireworks show and knew he would steadily be hitting balls into the football grandstand in centerfield. Sure enough Guettler would hit 21 HR, Reggie Otero returned to hit .353 with 24 2B and Red Treadway led the league with 177 hits (.324) to help get the Portsmouth Cubs to that 1st place finish in 1950 while pitchers Ralph Brickner (10-3 league leading .769 winning pct, 2.50), Duke Martell (19-12, 3.12, league leading 219 K's) and Earl Mossor (league tying 20 Wins - 20-11, 2.98) took turns leading the league in practically everything. By 1951 Ken Guettler was breaking the all time Portsmouth Home Run record leading the league with 30 blasts and leading in RBI with 116 and Runs Scored with 114 while batting .278. James Barnhardt meanwhile led in ERA posting a 19-8, 2.53. Ken Guettler would follow that up in the best way he knew how... he took the Piedmont League Triple-Crown in 1952... leading the league in hitting with a .334... in HR with 28 bombs and in RBI with 104. Amazingly... since the Portsmouth Cubs were a co-op team, he was never invited by any Major League franchises to Spring Training. So he just returned the following season to hit a league leading 30 HR yet again. An injury would cut him down however in 1954... but the time off just made him stronger. He would come back in 1955 and set the world on fire.