The New Orleans Zephyrs began play in 1993 when the Denver Zephyrs of the American Association moved to the city after Denver was awarded an expansion franchise in the National League. New Orleans had previously hosted an American Association franchise called the New Orleans Pelicans, who played in the Louisiana Superdome in 1977 (the name Pelicans harkened back to the team of the same name which played in the Southern Association from 1901 to 1959). The Zephyrs moved to the Pacific Coast League when the American Association folded after the 1997 season. In 1998, their first season in the PCL, the team went on to win the Triple-A World Series.
In 2001, the Zephyrs had the second-best regular-season record behind the Tacoma Rainiers. They won the first round of the playoffs against the Iowa Cubs, but the finals were cancelled in the wake of the attacks of September 11 and New Orleans and Tacoma were declared co-champions. In 2005, the club cancelled its final three home games due to Hurricane Katrina.
 Year-by-Year Record
- Pacific Coast League Playoff Champions: 1998
- Pacific Coast League Playoff Co-Champions: 2001 (playoffs cancelled)
- Pacific Coast League Regular Season Champions: 2001 (tied)
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