The Bears were just coming off a Championship season and were not all that concerned about finding another match, though they would miss the loyalty and tradition that the Dodgers had brought to Mobile. In their place, the 1956 Bears were taken over by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians at the time were a strong franchise themselves and the Mobile Bears would play good ball under their umbrella. The Bears lineup featured 2 sluggers in the form of future Indian, Dick Brown (20 2B, 24 HR, .268) and future Cincinnati Reds' Gordy Coleman (25
2B, 8 3B, 27 HR, .316 and a Southern Association leading 118 RBI) who nearly tied the 3 way Hartwell Field HR mark. On the mound, Gene Lary's 19-7, 3.88 mark was the best any pitcher had done in quite awhile. Bill Dailey's 15-8, 3.18 meanwhile, led the league in ERA. The Bears were on their way to post-season again with a 82-73 record but fell a little short, losing out in the first round to the Memphis Chicks 4 games to 3. Despite doing so well for 2 seasons in a row, the front office began to find their numbers at the gate very discouraging as only 81k showed up to see the Bears make it to the playoffs again… 7th in the 8 team league. Their follow-up season wasn't very  impressive either, as the Bears fell 3 games under despite featuring 2 future All-Stars in 3 time MLB A.S. Gary Bell (10-7, 3.29) and future Twins' Dick Stigman (8-14, 3.81) and attendance dropped another 10k to 71,000. Those Bears were quickly on the mend in 1958 as Jack Baumer (24 2B, 22 HR, .236) and future Indians' Don Dillard (32 2B, 5 3B, 21 HR, .319) gave Mobile a pair of 20+ power hitters. Returning All-Star Dick Stigman had a better season as well, posting a 15-7, 2.44 tying 2nd place in the league in ERA, while Jake Striker (17-11, 3.10) and Donald Schaeffer (15-10, 4.19) gave the Bears three 15+ win pitchers. They would finish at 84-68 in 2nd place and find themselves back in the post-season against the Atlanta Crackers. The Crackers tied the Bears with 84 wins but were no match for Mobile as the Bears mauled them to the tune of a 4-0 game sweep. They then primed themselves for Birmingham, who put up a far tougher fight… too tough in fact to overcome as the Barons beat the Bears 4 games to one. It was a disappointing end to a good season, but the Barons had led the league with 92 wins and their uprising was no surprise to anyone. Mobile meanwhile sunk to 64,000 fans. The worst part of that was… 3 team did worse. The Southern Association was having tremendous trouble drawing fans to the ballpark, as was every other team in the league which found themselves folding one after another