The Piedmont League had like so many other baseball leagues, run into financial ruin. The sudden fall of baseball in the mid-1950's could very much be blamed on the advent of "television". Before TV, either you sat staring at a radio or you did as most people do and went out for your evening's entertainment at either a drive in car hop, a drive in theater or America's national pastime where you met up with friends and family and caught a ballgame. Minor League (and Major League) baseball were so popular because they were just as much... gathering places as they were sporting events. Now, people no longer had to leave their homes for their nightly entertainment after a hard day at work. The convenience of this big box in your living room led to a sudden and very immediate decline in all of the above mentioned leisures. Even Major League baseball was not immune to the mid-1950's crash in "outdoor evening amusements as the Dodgers and Giants both left NY for California, the Browns moved to Baltimore and the Athletics moved to Kansas City and Washington D.C. moved to Minnesota. The Piedmont League would never return again after the 1955 season ended. Frank D. Lawrence however cared for his star Ken Guettier. He called around the Texas League telling everyone what a star he was and that his best talents and season's had yet to come. Ken Guettler was sent to Double-A Shreveport where he made his efforts in the Piedmont League actually look paltry. If you could believe... upon arriving at the Texas League's SPAR Stadium, Guettler slammed an incredible league breaking 62 HR while hitting .293 with 143 RBI's in just 140 Games. (Keep in mind the most anyone had ever hit in the Major Leagues at this point was Roger Maris' 61 HR). Sadly, perhaps on his way to superstardom, Guettler hurt his ankle in 1957 and hit just 3 HR all season long bringing an end to a sensational Minor League career. Despite leading the league in HR in 8 different Minor League seasons, Guettler was never even invited to a Major League Spring Training camp.