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The New Orleans Pelicans were members of the original Southern League in the 19th century, the Texas League for part of 1888 after the SL disbanded earlier in the year, and then the Southern Association for most of the SA's history, from 1901 till 1959.

New Orleans won the first Southern League title in 1887, and the last of the 1800's in 1896. In 1887 Abner Powell, player-manager for New Orleans, invented Ladies Day - a designated weekday on which ladies were admitted free.

In 1905 , due to a quarantine, after August 7 home games were played in Meridian, MS. The Pelicans won SA championships in 1905, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1933, and 1934. The early history shows longtime managers: Charlie Frank (1904-1913), Johnny Dobbs (1914-1922), and Larry Gilbert (1923-1931, 1933-1938). In 1932 the club was managed by Jake Atz who was the manager of the dominant Fort Worth Cats of the early '20's Texas League.

In 1977 the Pelican name was revived when A. Ray Smith moved the Tulsa Oilers to New Orleans. The team drew over 200,000 fans but due to a $6,000 stadium rental charge per game for the Super Dome and no share of the parking and concessions, Smith lost a good deal of money. He moved the team in 1978 to Springfield, IL where they became the Springfield Redbirds. The Pelicans finished dead last in their sole season in the American Association; their one year as a AAA team featured Tony LaRussa and Ken Oberkfell. It would be about two decades after the Pelicans before minor league baseball returned to New Orleans in the form of the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Source: "The American Association" amd "The Southern League" by Bill O'Neal, and "The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball"

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1887 78-37 1st Thomas Brennan League disbanded August 21
1888 25-32 3rd Abner Powell Southern League disbanded July 4
18-9 -- Abner Powell Entered Texas League in mid-July
1892 66-57 3rd Abner Powell none
1893 40-51 8th Abner Powell none
1894 33-38 3rd Henry Powers none
1895 46-55 4th Abner Powell none
1896 68-31 1st Abner Powell none League Champs
1901 68-56 4th Abner Powell none
1902 75-47 2nd Abner Powell none
1903 48-74 8th Count Campau / Zeke Wrigley / Joe Rickert
1904 79-58 3rd Charlie Frank none
1905 84-45 1st Charlie Frank none League Champs
1906 75-61 4th Charlie Frank none
1907 68-66 3rd Charlie Frank none
1908 76-57 2nd Charlie Frank none
1909 73-64 4th Charlie Frank none
1910 87-53 1st Charlie Frank none League Champs
1911 78-54 1st Charlie Frank none League Champs
1912 71-64 3rd Charlie Frank none
1913 45-85 8th Charlie Frank none
1914 80-65 3rd Johnny Dobbs none
1915 91-63 1st Johnny Dobbs none League Champs
1916 73-61 2nd Johnny Dobbs none
1917 89-61 2nd Johnny Dobbs none
1918 49-21 1st Johnny Dobbs League suspended operations June 28
1919 74-61 3rd Johnny Dobbs none
1920 86-62 2nd Johnny Dobbs none
1921 97-57 2nd Johnny Dobbs none
1922 89-64 3rd Johnny Dobbs none
1923 89-57 1st Larry Gilbert none League Champs
1924 93-60 3rd Larry Gilbert none
1925 85-68 2nd Larry Gilbert none
1926 101-53 1st Larry Gilbert none League Champs
1927 96-57 1st Larry Gilbert none League Champs
1928 73-74 3rd Larry Gilbert none
1929 89-64 3rd Larry Gilbert none
1930 91-61 2nd Larry Gilbert none
1931 78-75 5th Larry Gilbert none
1932 66-84 6th Jake Atz none
1933 88-65 2nd Larry Gilbert League Champs
1934 94-60 1st Larry Gilbert League Champs
1935 86-67 2nd Larry Gilbert Lost League Finals
1936 81-71 4th Larry Gilbert Lost League Finals
1937 84-66 3rd (t) Larry Gilbert Lost in 1st round
1938 79-70 3rd Larry Gilbert Lost in 1st round
1939 57-93 8th Roger Peckinpaugh
1940 71-80 5th Hal Anderson
1941 78-75 3rd Ray Blades Lost in 1st round
1942 77-73 4th Pat Ankenman Lost in 1st round
1943 78-58 2nd Ray Blades Lost League Finals
1944 57-83 8th Fresco Thompson
1945 73-67 4th Fresco Thompson Lost League Finals
1946 75-77 4th Johnny Peacock Lost in 1st round
1947 93-59 2nd Fred Walters Lost in 1st round
1948 70-83 5th Jimmy Brown
1949 77-75 4th Hugh Luby Lost in 1st round
1950 71-79 5th Hugh Luby / Bill Burwell
1951 64-90 7th Rip Sewell
1952 80-75 5th Danny Murtaugh
1953 76-78 5th Danny Murtaugh
1954 92-62 2nd Danny Murtaugh Lost League Finals
1955 76-75 6th Andy Cohen
1956 79-75 5th Andy Cohen
1957 60-94 8th Peanuts Lowrey
1958 57-94 8th Charlie Silvera (46-80) / Ray Yochim (11-14)
1959 68-81 6th Mel Parnell
1977 57-79 8th Lance Nichols
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