Former Philadelphia Athletics' pitcher Irv Stein also put together one of the finest seasons in FDL Stadium history, posting an excellent league leading 24-6, 1.85 record in 1943 while Willie Skeen (28 2B, 20 3B, .333) led the league in hits with 172 and RBI with 71 to help the Portsmouth Cubs to the best season in their history at either stadium... going 90-40 (.692) to take 1st place (and promptly lose in the finals). Frank D. Lawrence tried his best to strengthen the team even more by taking in one of the game's greatest players... Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx to manage Portsmouth and even pitch in a few games (the only time in his career he would ever do so except for an inning during a Red Sox blow out in 1939) posting a 1-0, 4.09 record. Luckily Natilla Jimenez posted a 15-5 (league leading .750 winning pct / league leading 1.51 ERA) to help out on the mound. Foxx led the team to the playoffs for the 3rd season in a row and yet again... lost in the 7th game of the Piedmont League finals. The Portsmouth Cubs would have to do something special if they were going to ever get past the finals... (not easy with the lack of talent due to all the best youngsters fighting overseas). That "something special" would come in 1945 in the form of two of Major League Baseball's best future catchers.