The new Columbia Reds took the field in 1938... the 4th team name since they moved here 11 years ago, but this time... the name would stick. So would the affiliation. The Reds were here for the long haul signing Dreyfus Field to an open ended PDC. There was an immediate change in the attitude of this franchise under the Reds umbrella. The C-Reds went from perennial losers to a team which would seemingly always be in the post-season for the next 15 years. Though they would go 74-66 to make the playoffs (and lose in
the first round) in their first season under Cincinnati, they would take some time to step back and redevelop... but by 1940, some real talent began to emerge. Carmel Castle (33 2B, 11 3B, 15 HR, .334), Lon Goldstein (39 2B, 134 3B, 12 HR, .331), Edward Wernet (28 2B, 14 3B, 14 HR, .270), Robert Winters (41 2B, 12 3B, 3 HR, .333) joined up with the 2nd future MLB All-Star to be produced by Dreyfus Field ... Ray Lamanno (22 2B, 6 3B, 13 HR, .303) to put up a very formidable lineup. With Lefty Guise (13-6, 2.06) on the mound, the Columbia Reds were finally in contention all season long. While they wouldn't take home the title, they had established themselves as a new force in the Southern League. By 1941 the new "Doubles committee" of Lon Goldstein (a record 48 doubles, .334) and Bobby Adams (46 doubles, .348) gave one heck of a 1-2 punch while Leo Bobeck (15-4, 3.80), Roy Peeler (15-7, 3.52) and Ed Hill (16-7, .270) provided a strong enough rotation to lead the Columbia Reds to their first ever Southern League title for Dreyfus Field. Columbia would again make the playoffs before losing in the first round in 1942. Just when these Reds began to really bust out, World War II came in and brought everything to a sudden halt. The league suspended operations for 4 years not returning until 1946. Luckily when they returned, Columbia found the Cincinnati Reds who they had just performed 5 excellent years of service under... waiting to take them back under their wings. In fact... their relationship had just begun as the Reds enacted a 10 year Player Development Contract to give this franchise a total of 15 terrific years of loyalty in total. During this time, Dreyfuss Field aka Dreyfuss Park aka Dreyfus Field aka Dreyfus Park, began to be known as yet another name... Capital City I Park which would of course also be known as Capital City I Field and Capital City I Stadium. Despite the identity crisis, this ballpark and this team would begin the 2nd part of this relationship with the Cincinnati Reds in style, with 2 future superstars coming to the ballpark in 1946.