The Greenwood Braves may have been the rookies of the league, but they were also the team to beat. Greenwood immediately took first place in their inaugural season with a 73-51 record. The team featured a young Dusty Baker, who would go on to become a Major League All-Star player and future Manager of the Year. Dusty Baker's .342 batting average led the team through the playoffs and to the Championship where they would win the S.L. title in their very first year.