Frank Pickens took over on the mound and his 20-10, 3.63 record was enough to give this team some lift, though Julio Ramos' 18-11, 4.05 gave some additional depth as well. The 1954 Indians had at least enough pitching to hold everyone off if they could find someone to take that lift and blast them into the stratosphere. That man was named Bud Hull. Hull swung one of the fiercest bats in the league and by season's end had hit 29 2B, batted .316 and slammed 43 Home Runs here in Christensen Stadium... a record number of homers that would never be broken at this
ballpark. Unfortunately, while all eyes should have been on Bud Hull... nobody was paying attention. A man named Joe Bauman had done something no one had ever done in the history of professional baseball before... hit the most homeruns in professional baseball history... ever. Poor Bud Hull was nothing more than an afterthought as Bauman hit an all time record of 72 HR while batting .400 for Roswell New Mexico... not to be broken in professional baseball history until Barry Bonds hit 73 for the Giants in 2001. Without the help of any alien race, Christensen Stadium for the first time in its very brief history, failed to get past the 1st round of the playoffs. Attendance continued to drop despite all the fireworks to only 43,000. With Bud Hull gone by 1955, the Indians moved onto 2 new superstars... Alfredo Jimenez (39 HR, .317) and the incredible Glenn Burns who slammed 36 2B, 34 HR and hit a whopping .400 as Bauman had the season before. Amazingly ... Artesia had Tom Jordan bat .407 again upstaging Midland who dropped out of the post-season for the first time since moving here, despite all this incredible hitting... thanks to ERA's of 7.24, 6.50, 6.25 and 5.76. The added fireworks of Burns however did attract some huge crowds and by season's end, their 62,600 through the gate led the Longhorn League in attendance.