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The St. Petersburg Pelicans were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The team went 42-30 in the regular season and won the Northern Division title. Steve Henderson hit .352 for the club, and Lenny Randle batted .349. Milt Wilcox went 12-3, and Jon Matlack added 10 wins. Led by Lamar Johnson's home run and three RBI, the Pelicans went on to beat the West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win the league's championship game. Bobby Tolan managed the team both seasons. The St. Petersburg Pelicans returned for a second season and were leading the league with a 15-8 record when the league folded on December 28, 1990.


Home Ballpark: Al Lang Stadium

Player/Manager: Bobby Tolan

1989 Attendance 39,611 (36 Games) Average 1,100

Coaches: Dock Ellis, Ozzie Virgil, Tom Zimmer

1989 Opening Day Roster:

PITCHERS: Dock Ellis, Al Holland (also with St. Lucie), Randy Lerch, Jon Matlack, Gerry Pirtle, Dave Rajsich, Joe Sambito, Elias Sosa, Sammy Stewart (also with Bradenton), Milt Wilcox, Mike Williams

CATCHERS: Butch Benton, Mark Corey, Dwight Lowry

INFIELDERS: Alan Bannister, Sergio Ferrer (also with St. Lucie), Luis Gomez, Roy Howell, Gary Rajsich, Lenny Randle

OUTFIELDERS: Steve Henderson, Steve Kemp, Jerry Martin (also with Orlando), Bake McBride (also with Orlando)

DISABLED LIST: Ron LeFlore (also with Bradenton), Pat Zachry

Other Players: Dick Bosman, Nardi Contreras, Ivan DeJesus, Hoot Gibson, Lamar Johnson, Ken Landreaux (also with Orlando), Jim Morley, John "Blue Moon" Odom, Bombo Rivera, Ozzie Virgil Jr.

[edit] 1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)

Hitting Stats
Player POS AVG HR RBI SB
Alan Bannister OF-IF .307 1 29 0
Butch Benton C .374 3 34 1
Ivan DeJesus SS .333 0 4 1
Luis Gomez SS .293 0 9 3
Steve Henderson OF .352 5 55 5
Roy Howell 3B .320 1 36 2
Lamar Johnson 1B .372 6 22 0
Steve Kemp OF .329 3 32 0
Ken Landreaux OF .304 2 21 3
Ron LeFlore OF .362 0 6 1
Dwight Lowry C .245 1 19 0
Gary Rajsich 1B .294 6 43 3
Lenny Randle 2B .349 0 40 16
Ozzie Virgil Jr. C .290 2 22 0


Pitching Stats
Pitcher W L ERA SV
Dick Bosman 1 1 4.07 1
Dock Ellis 0 2 1.76 6
Randy Lerch 4 5 6.88 0
Jon Matlack 10 2 4.10 0
Joe Sambito 3 1 3.72 7
Elias Sosa 3 4 2.90 3
Milt Wilcox 12 3 3.19 0
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