The Bears would lose their way after the playoffs, spiraling into the depths of the league. They would lose 87 games in 1953 and 91 in 1954. There weren't any record breakers to be found on the 1953 franchise and no one wanted to see their awful play. The Bears dropped to a miserable 77k at the gate… the only team to finish under the 100k mark, they followed that up with an 87k turnout in 1954. Surprisingly the Bears would see two terrific power numbers come out of Hartwell Field in 1954 from a returning All-Star in Norm Larker who hit 29 2B, 24 HR and batted a very
strong .326, and in future Milwaukee Braves' Ray Shearer (23 2B, 22 HR, .283). While those numbers were excellent, it was future 3 time Baltimore Orioles All-Star "Diamond" Jim Gentile who would come to Hartwell Field and really put on a show flirting with the all time HR mark, as he hit 25 2B, 5 3B and a record tying 28 HR, while batting .290 to push the Mobile Bears back to the top of the Southern Association. Gentile's 109 RBI's also tied Chattanooga's Jim Lemon for the RBI lead. Gentile would go on to have his best season in 1961 when he led the league with 141 RBI while blasting 46 HR and batting .302 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. On the mound, Ralph Mauriello provided some much needed pitching going 18-8, 2.76 on the season (which led the league) and suddenly this team went from the bottom of the pile to the post-season. With strong pitching and Jim Gentile continuing to hit well… the Bears forged on through the 1st round, just beating up on the Memphis Chickasaws 4 games to 3 and into the finals where they took on the Birmingham Barons. They were finally were able to put it all together and beat Birmingham 4 games to 2, to take home their 1st Southern Association trophy in 8 years… their 3rd since coming to Hartwell Field and their 6th overall … matching their Championship total of the Southeastern League. Despite the heroics, fans didn't seem all that impressed. Only 92,000 came to the ballpark all season long. With that, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced some very big changes were coming to the franchise in 1956… and those changes didn't include the Mobile Bears. The Dodgers were leaving their legion of devotees in Brooklyn. Dem Bums were moving to the west coast for the 1956 season… into an old football stadium known as the Coliseum of Los Angeles. With the move, the Dodgers severed their ties with the Mobile Bears and the Southern Association.