The Bears did indeed have enough to push them through round 1 and into the finals. There they met with the Nashville Vols who after winning 6 championships in a row in the early 1940s, were on another roll. Loaded with so much pop in the lineup (Babe Barna 42 HR, Tookie Gilbert 33 HR, Carl Sawatski 45 HR) that they made George Shuba's new Hartwell Field record of 28 HR look rather paltry in comparison. The Volunteers were monsters on the field and quickly denied the Bears their chances to take home their 6th trophy. With that devastating loss, the 1950 Bears fell from grace dropping 9 games under the water line finishing at 70-79 to start the new decade. There was one redeeming factor that season and it came from the bat of future Cubs slugger Walt Moryn who was playing in his first season for the Bears. Moryn posted a 24 2B, 6 3B, 15 HR and .281 season on his way to becoming only the 3rd Mobile Bear, to go on to become an MLB All-Star. Moryn would boost those numbers in 1951 when he became only the 3rd Mobile Bear to break the 20 HR barrier (joining George Shuba's 21, andů George Shuba's 28) as he hit 32 2B, 7 3B, 24 HR and batted .299 putting him in 2nd place for power in Mobile. Right behind him was future Dodgers' Wayne Belardi who hit 23 2B and 22 HR with a .260 to become the 4th Mobile Bear to break the 20 HR barrier. With 2 20+ HR hitters on the team for the first time including a future All-Star, the Bears finished with a 80-74 record. Though they wouldn't make the finals, their 1st round playoff berth was a good enough rebound, to feel that they were developing a solid team. Now it was time to build on what the Bears had accomplished in 1951. A returning Bill Antonello would slam his way to a 22 2B, 12 3B, 28 HR, .290 season to tie George Shuba's all time HR record. Joining Antonello was not one, but two future All-Stars in future Dodgers' A.S. Norm Larker (27 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, .278) and a man who would earn every single penny he ever made in his entire life from baseball. He never had a paper route. He never worked in a fast food chain as a teenager. Instead he dedicated his life to baseball and every penny he earned was the result of hard work and a pure commitment to the game. Don Zimmer came to town and hit a very impressive .310 with 32 2B, 7 3B and 17 HR on his way to a 12 year All-Star career in the MLB as a player and a 40 year career as an MLB manager and coach earning him the name of "Popeye" along the way (and probably a few other things). The 80-73 season would be enough this time, to make it to the finals. There it was Memphis waiting to take them down, and down they would go, despite being evenly matched talent-wise with the Chickasaws. Despite the run, the Bears only drew 159ků 5th in the 8 team league in attendance.