The new Hobbs Pirates were led by Manager Al Kubski and were as solid of a team as had ever taken the field at Bender Park. The Pirates featured future Major League outfielder Jose Vidal. Vidal would hit .342 with 17 Homers and 81 RBI in 93 games… almost an RBI a game. He would help lead the Hobbs Pirates to a 2nd place finish with a 70-58 record, 6 games behind 1st. The Pirates would take on Alpine Cowboys in the playoffs and in 3 games, bring back their 2nd championship to Bender Park. The team would play even better in 1961. Pitcher Gary Waslewski would go 12-7 with a 4.10 ERA on his way to playing for the Expos, Yankees and Red Sox. It was the shortstop however who would become the best player in Hobbs history.