The Western Association would regroup but until WWI, Springfield was nowhere to be found. It wasn't until after 1920 that Springfield finally renovated the burned park enough to bring a professional baseball team to the Western Association again and set up shop in their new "White City Park II". The new 1920 Springfield Midgets went right back to being a well below .500 ballteam but that would all change in 1921 when Lewis Jones (22-7) and Byrd Hodges (23-13) pitched the Midgets to the best winning percentage in the league at 85-60. Unfortunately, despite having the best record in the league, they didn't win their division in either the 1st or 2nd half.... leaving them out of the playoffs. They continued to play stronger ball in 1922 as Leo Cotter would bat nearly.400 finishing the season at .396 to keep the Midgets above .500 and some more fireworks would come to the ballpark in 1923 when future Washington Senators' Frank McGee hit .326 with 25 2B, 11 3B and 21 HR... the first to break the 20 HR mark in Springfield. A fellow named Austin would hit 37 2B , 10 3B, 12 HR and bat .375 while Clifton Marr hit 35 2B, 17 HR, .297 to add some protection to the lineup. Bad pitching however kept the team under the .500 water mark. When we say the pitching was bad in 1923, we mean not so good. When we say it was bad in 1924... we mean it was downright ugly. The Midgets had the worst pitching rotation in all of Minor League baseball for the '24 season. Buzz Wetzel posted a (1-10, 6.03) record followed by Mutt Williams (2-10, 3.81), John Kerns (2-10, 5.91), Al Jennings (1-5, 7.11) and William Hargrove (9-17, 4.92). Only A. Malone (16-18, 2.23) was able to keep the team from falling off the edge of the earth. The Midgets finished the year with a horrific 47-112 (.296) record. When they returned in 1925, there wasn't a 112 loss team on the field but their 67-82 record was still quite forgettable. The ERA's were actually just as bad (4.96, 5.02, 5.37, 4.93, 7.66, 6.37). The hitting however was a lot better, as Luke Williams (35 2B, 27 HR, .298), Sam Lemen (34 2B, 19 HR, .326), Ira Caffey (32 2B, 19 HR, .318) and John King (33 2B, 12 3B, 16 HR, .301) brought some serious power to this lineup. In fact had the pitchers been able to actually "pitch", this could have been a great team. When the Midgets returned in 1926 with this powerful lineup and added two excellent newcomers to the lineup and starting rotation... John Reider who would set the all time power mark for White City Park by slamming 36 home runs in a year (this is during the dead ball era let me remind you) while Norman Sitts put up an all time record 24-8, 4.24 record. Right behind him was Roy Ketchum with a 20-8, 4.19. The Midgets went from a laughable team to 1st place as quickly as that. In the playoffs, they would take down Joplin 3 games to 2 and finally... the Midgets had a Western Association Championship come home to White City Park.