He was signed at the age of 21 years old and he would play only 90 games in his first season in pro ball here, but Ted Kluszewski came to this ballpark and electrified it, batting .352 on the season with 24 2B, 5 3B and 11 HR. The "Big Klu" was on his way to a 15 year, 4 time All-Star career with the Cincinnati Reds, following up a 40 HR season in 1953 with a mammoth, league leading 49 HR and a league leading 141 RBI season in 1954, while batting .326 with a .642 SLG and 1.049 OPS. Klu would come in 2nd in MVP voting behind Willie Mays. Kluszewski would hit 47 more HR in 1955. Joining Ted on this team was Dale Long who played a few games here at Dreyfus Field before going on to hit 27 HR for the Pirates to become the 4th All-Star to be promoted from this ballpark. Together they would lead the Columbia Reds to 2nd place where they lost in the League finals. More amazing talent was on the way when Joe Adcock came to town in 1947 (.264) and 1948 (.279). Adcock would gain some power when he became a regular for the Milwaukee Braves hitting 38 HR in 1956 with 103 HR and batting .291. Adcock's 17 year All-Star career included 336 HRs... beating Kluszewski for most HR ever hit by a Columbia Reds alumni over an MLB career. So many great hitters but if you notice... not many pitchers. You would think that would all change in 1948 when Adcock was joined by 19 year old Joe Nuxhall but Joe was hardly the 2 time All-Star he would soon become. Nuxhall would put up a 2-9, 4.81 record with 101 walks in 86 innings. Still Nuxhall was young and he would become a 17 game winner for the Reds and one of their most utilized pitchers throughout the 1950's when he pitched in 526 games for Cincinnati. Frank Smith (21-6, 2.39) would turn around any of the negative effect that Nuxhall had on this team and led the Reds to the league finals (where they lost again). Still... the Columbia Reds had made the Playoffs for 4 of the last 5 seasons and did have a  Southern League title to show for it.