On the mound, future Chicago Cubs' John Hall (pictured above) put up an 18-8, 2.80 record while Frank Laga posted a 16-7, 3.30. Roy Whitaker (14-6) Pat McGlothin (14-7) and Roy Boles (15-7) accounted for the rest of the rotation's superb pitching. With all 5 pitchers at 14 wins or above, the Bears finished at 94-59 in 1st place… the best that Mobile had ever played in the Southern Association. With a powerful lineup and an excellent pitching staff, the Mobile Bears powered their way to victory and picked up Hartwell Field's 5th Championship Trophy.
With the Brooklyn Dodgers now providing Mobile with a steady stream of traffic, it seemed as if the days of barely reaching .500 were now over… though they would come close to that dubious mark in 1948 as their 75-75 record flatlined them. They weren't without talent as future Dodgers' Cal Abrams (23 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, .337), a returning Bill Hart (28 2B, 15 HR, .265), future Cardinals' Walter Sessi (21 2B, 7 3B, 10 HR, .280), future Pirates' Preston Ward (21 2B, 11 HR, .286) and a returning George Shuba who set the HR mark a year earlier, attempted to set a new record with 23 2B, 7 3 and 7 HR and a fantastic .389. His 280 At Bats however in 74 games of the 150 game season, left him far from the 500 AB needed to qualify for a batting title. It was a dilemma of years past… inadequate pitching. Still they did seem to have enough hitting to prove that they could hold their weight and they would actually make the post-season, though the incumbent S.A. winners were denied in the 1st round. George Shuba would attempt in 1949 (after his nearly spectacular season) to slam the Bears into the post-season all by himself.
George Shuba was halfway to setting a new batting title in 1948 after becoming the first to set a break the 20 HR mark the previous season. His new trick for 1940 was to hit enough HR to get this team deep into the post-season. Shuba stepped to the play and in only 369 At Bats, slammed a monster season of 28 HR to go along with a .328 batting average, slaying his own 21 HR record. Future Dodgers' Bill Antonello also had a fine season with 38 2B, 14 3B, 13 HR and a .299. The pitching was getting a little better too, with future Chicago Cubs' and 18 season MLB veteran Johnny Klippstein posting a 15-8, 2.95, and Ken Olson putting up a 16-10, 3.46 on the season. These 4 aforementioned players had enough between them to push the Bears to an 82-69 record finishing 3rd and making their 3rd straight post-season appearance.