New Orleans Pelicans
- Location: New Orleans, LA
- League: Southern League 1887-1888, 1892-1896; Texas League 1888; Southern Association 1901-1959; American Association 1977
- Affiliation: Cleveland Indians 1934-1939; St. Louis Cardinals 1940-1942; Brooklyn Dodgers 1943-1944; Boston Red Sox 1946-1947; Pittsburgh Pirates 1948-1956; New York Yankees 1957-1958; St. Louis Cardinals 1977
- Ballpark: Crescent City Base Ball Park (later called Sportsman's Park and Athletic Park) 1880-1914; Pelican Stadium 1915-1957; City Park Stadium 1958-1959; SuperDome 1977
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"
|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|
|1896||68-31||1st||Abner Powell||none League Champs|
|1903||48-74||8th||Count Campau / Zeke Wrigley / Joe Rickert|
|1905||84-45||1st||Charlie Frank||none League Champs|
|1910||87-53||1st||Charlie Frank||none League Champs|
|1911||78-54||1st||Charlie Frank||none League Champs|
|1915||91-63||1st||Johnny Dobbs||none League Champs|
|1918||49-21||1st||Johnny Dobbs||League suspended operations June 28|
|1923||89-57||1st||Larry Gilbert||none League Champs|
|1926||101-53||1st||Larry Gilbert||none League Champs|
|1927||96-57||1st||Larry Gilbert||none League Champs|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1949||77-75||4th||Hugh Luby||Lost in 1st round|
|1950||71-79||5th||Hugh Luby (36-38) / Bill Burwell (35-41)|
|1954||92-62||2nd||Danny Murtaugh||Lost League Finals|
|1958||57-94||8th||Charlie Silvera (46-80) / Ray Yochim (11-14)|
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