When they signed on the dotted line, the St. Louis Cardinals had White City Park the home of their new Class C franchise. (The St. Louis Browns meanwhile signed Ft. Smith to join Springfield as the first teams in the W.A. to become an affiliate). To honor the new contract, the Red Wings officially became the "Springfield Cardinals" in 1932 and would remain that way for the
rest of their time here. Larry Barton (34 2B, 13 3B, 19 HR, 88 RBI, 28 SB, .278) and Bill DeLancey (20 2B, 18 3B, 110 RBI, .329) led the team at the plate while Dykes Potter (13-5, 2.85), Jim Lyons (18-9, 2.97) and James Rollins (14-7, 4.62) led the new Springfield Cardinals to their 1st place finish with a 79-51 (.608) record. Springfield drew 60,000 fans on the season as they watched Springfield enter a 9 game playoff against Bartlesville. After 8 of those games, it was deadlocked 4 games to 4. Behind the Cardinals machine however, Springfield pulled it out in the final game to take home the Western Association trophy... the third for this White City Park. While things were great at home at White City Park, the same couldn't be said for the rest of the league. 4 of the remaining 6 teams were unable to keep up the pace and moved mid season to another ballpark. In fact, Independence moved twice!... to Joplin and then to Hutchinson. The league wasn't able to keep up with the mess that had insued... and just as Springfield was celebrating new life as a Cardinals franchise, the league shut down for the 1933 season. The Cardinals however were not going to let a good thing go to waste and in 1933, they would move their Class A franchise, the Denver Bears from Merchant Park to Springfield and just like that, White City Park was hosting a Class A St. Louis Cardinals ballclub.