1979 was the last year for the team. With the off-season death of Tex Collins the Caesars backed up enough to get caught by the rival Milwaukee Schlitz, led by APSPL star Phil Higgins and league and eventual APSPL World Series MVP Rick Weiterman. Detroit would finish second in the Midwestern Division behind Milwaukee and advanced to play the Cincinnati Suds in the first round of the playoffs winning 3-2.  Detroit advanced to the semi-finals losing to Milwaukee 3-0. Milwaukee went on to beat the Kentucky Bourbons in the APSPL World Series, broadcast nationwide on the new start-up sports network ESPN.

Rule and ball changes had drastically reduced the offensive production in the 1979 APSPL season which resulted in a court challenge by the Caesars as team owner Ilitch felt the changes were directed at his team. On Detroit, Ron Ford's home run total dropped from 80 in 1978 to 43 and RBI's from 201 to 122 in the same number of games and Ford still led the league in both categories as power production dipped league-wide. Four Caesars took all-league honors (Ron Ford, Mike Nye, Doug Gerdes and Rick Trudeau).  Trudeau finished second in the batting race with Nye joining him in the top-10.  Ford, Gerdes and Gary Geister finished top-10 in home-runs and RBIs.
 

1979 APSPL

Regular Season Final Standings


Eastern Division 

Rochester Zeniths 35-27 .565
Trenton Champales 30-30 .500 8.0
Philadelphia Athletics 23-41 .359 13.0
New England Pilgrims 21-41 .339 14.0

Central Division 
Kentucky Bourbons 48-15 .762
Cincinnati Suds 34-30 .531 14.5
Cleveland Competitors 33-31 .516 15.5
Pittsburgh Hardhats 33-31 .516 15.5

Mid Western Division 

Milwaukee Schlitz 40-23 .635
Detroit Caesars 40-24 .625 0.5
Minnesota Norsemen 32-32 .500 8.5
Fort Wayne Scouts 8-56 .172 32.5

Playoffs
1st round
Kentucky beat Trenton 12-11, 17-1, 14-2; (3-0)
Rochester beat Pittsburgh 6-7, 0-4, 10-9, 10-3, 5-1; (3-2)
Detroit beat Cincinnati 18-8, 7-8, 11-14, 3-1, 7-6; (3-2)
Milwaukee beat Cleveland 15-11, 16-8, 21-2; (3-0)

Semi-finals

Kentucky beat Rochester 22-10, 8-9, 4-3, 8-3; (3-1)
Milwaukee beat Detroit 11-5, 7-4, 5-1; (3-0)
Playoff MVP - Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (16-21 .762)

World Series

Milwaukee beat Kentucky 5-15, 12-2, 16-11, 6-12, 4-3, 6-10, 9-4, 12-8; (5-3)
World Series MVP - Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (19-24 .792)

1979 APSPL League Leaders

           Batting                                       Home Runs                                         RBIs

Rick Weiterman, Milw. .557                Ronnie Ford, Detroit 43                    Ronnie Ford, Detroit 122
Rick Trudeau, Detroit .549                 Jim Bizzell, Cleveland 37                   Doug Gerdes, Detroit 97
Don Brown, Rochester .536               John Locke, Minnesota 33                  John Locke, Minnesota 89
Bill Gatti, Kentucky .533                    Doug Gerdes, Detroit 31                   Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 89
Phil Higgins, Milwaukee .531             Dana Andry, Cleveland 31                 Cobbie Harrison, Kent. 88
Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh.527              Fred Miller, Cleveland 29                   Dennis Graser, Milw. 87
Don Rardin, Kentucky .516                Gary Geister, Detroit 28                     Fred Miller, Cleveland 86
Gene Parrish, Minnesota .511            Dave Watson, Cleveland 26                Bill Gatti, Kentucky 79
Denny Brown, Pittsburgh .504           Mike Kolb, Trenton 22                       Gary Geister, Detroit 78
Mike Nye, Detroit .503                      Dennis Graser, Milw. 22                     Ron Dorsey, Phil. 77

1979 APSPL All Pro Team

Rick Weiterman, Milwaukee (MVP), Bill Gatti, Kentucky, Ronnie Ford, Detroit,  Don Brown, Rochester, Doug Gerdes, Detroit,
Mike Nye, Detroit
, Phil Higgins, Milwaukee, Gary Richter, Trenton, Dennis Graser, Milwaukee, Barry Glaser, Pittsburgh,
Rick Trudeau, Detroit, Denny Brown, Pittsburgh, Roger Wilt, Cleveland, Gene Parrish, Minnesota, Don Rardin, Kentucky,
Mike Lafever, Cincinnati