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The inaugural team featured a few key players including future Philadelphia Athletics' Al Rubeling who only had 99 At Bats but certainly made the most of them by hitting a whopping .434 with 8 2Bs and 6 HRs. Future Brooklyn Dodgers' Jack Bolling (22 2B, 7 3B, 5 HR, .317) and Bill Holdstock who led the team with 7 HRs and a .266 avg, also provided some help. James McGloin was the star pitcher gong 16-9 with a 2.82 ERA. They finished 10 games under .500, but did much better in 1937 finishing 9 games over and making it to the playoffs behind some very strong pitching. 19 year old Eddie Harper went 21-10 with a 3.45 ERA, Jeff Emerson was 6-4 with an anemic 0.82 ERA, James McMullen was 19-15, 3.69 and Alex Swails was 17-13, 3.07. Darol Shimer (26 2B, 8 HR, .276) and Pete Hughes (18 2B, 8 HR, .327) provided the power while future Cincinnati Reds' Chuck Aleno (22 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, .326) and Richard Adair (21 2B, .334) provided some timely hitting. They would be eliminated in the 1st round, but the Reds put their names on the board. Many players returned for the 1938 campaign under a new umbrella... the Reds were now part of the Chicago White Sox organization... but the magic was gone. DeLand finished 32 games under .500 with a 54-86 record. Former St. Louis Browns 10 Yr. Vet 2B/P Harry Rice (8 2B, 8 HR, .296, 4-5 3.68) was the only standout.