This time however, Hartwell Field wouldn't be dark for 5 years... or even for the full 3 suspended seasons of the Southeastern League. In 1944, the Southern Association would welcome Mobile back into its fold as the Knoxville Smokies moved back to Hartwell Field mid-season. They would play 1944 as a co-op franchise but by 1945 the Bears would find their most loyal of associations waiting for them… the Brooklyn Dodgers, whom they would diligently serve for the next 11 years. With the return of the Bears came a team that wasn't quite as exciting as the
Shippers franchises. The Bears finishing their split season at 63-74. Malcolm Stevens led the 1945 Bears in power knocking in 15 HR and batting .294 while setting a new record for doubles with 39, while George Shuba hit .320 with 30 2B, 15 3B and 8 HR. On the mound, William Thomas hit the 20 win mark going 20-13, 3.15 to become the 3rd Hartwell Field pitcher to break that mark. This wasn't the strongest team they had seen but at 74-65, the Mobile Bears were solid. Solid enough to head into the post-season. While they had always been successful in the Southeastern League, they were never successful in the Southern Association. That would all change in 1945 however as the Bears went all the way and took home their 1st Southern Association Trophy while at Hartwell Field… and their 4th overall between the S.A. and the Southeastern League. The war had ended. Things were slowly getting back to normal. There was tremendous turnover in Mobile however as over 40 players would put on a Mobile uniform in 1946. There were so many coming and going that few would leave their mark on this team. There was one man however who would not be soon forgotten… future Brooklyn Dodger Bruce Edwards, who would hit .332 in 208 At Bats with 13 2B on his way to becoming a two time All-Star for the National League. Bruce Edwards was only the 2nd All-Star alumni to ever be produced by Hartwell Field. With all of the turnover, the Bears slipped 3 games below .500 but would make a tremendous comeback in 1947 thanks to 3 big power hitters… former Brooklyn Dodgers' Bill Hart (28 2B, 15 HR, .276), future Dodgers' Chuck Connors (29 2B, 16 HR, .255) and their new big bopper, 22 year old future Dodger, George Shuba (38 2B, 7 3B, 21 HR, .288) who became the first to break the 20 HR mark at Hartwell Field, beating Erv Dusak and Alphonsus Simononis' record of 18 by 3.