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A Schott from the Bleachers
Yankees in New Orleans
Few people realize that when the New York Highlanders changed their name to the New York Yankees in 1903, they played in New Orleans as the Yankees before they ever played in New York as the Yankees.
1901 New Orleans Pelicans
An account and box score of the Opening Day game in 1901 for the New Orleans Pelicans in the newly formed Southern Association against Memphis.
1923 New Orleans Pelicans
Larry Gilbert’s debut season as the manager of the Pelicans was a real winner.
Connie Ryan
An overview of the career of New Orleans native Connie Ryan.
Charles Mason
The first native New Orleanian to play major league baseball is recounted here along with the box score of the game.
Hit A Triple, Then Stole Home
A list of players who achieved an unusual feat -- they hit a triple, then stole home!
Pel Hughes
A tribute to the late Pel Hughes contained in an account of the most lopsided victory by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Pelicans' Longest Opening Day
The longest opening day contest on record was between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Birmingham Barons on April 10, 1953.
New Orleans Home Run Leaders
A total of fourteen players from New Orleans teams have led the league in roundtrippers from 1887 through the 2003 season.
Lenny Yochim in the PCL
New Orleans native Lenny Yochim's brief career in the Pacific Coast League in 1955 resulted in a perfect batting average.
First Night Game in Heinemann Park
Night baseball finally came to New Orleans on May 15, 1936 and is remembered here by Arthur O. Schott. The box score of the game is also presented along with a photograph of the Pelicans dugout courtesy of Mrs. Helen Gilbert.
Perry Werden
Before there was Babe Ruth there was Perry "Moose" Werden -- a power hitter before it became commonplace.
Johnny Dobbs Recalled
A look at the life of Johnny Dobbs, one of the greatest managers in the history of the New Orleans Pelicans and the Southern Association.
Babe Ruth and Mel Parnell
A comparison between two of the greatest left-handers in Boston Red Sox history -- Babe Ruth and New Orleans' own Mel Parnell.
Bradley vs Spalding
The first pitcher's duel in baseball occured between George Bradley and Albert Spalding in this game account covered by baseball historian Arthur O. Schott.
1887 – 1959: Those Were Some Very Good Years
Written in 1977 at the beginning of the season as an introduction for baseball fans for the return of the Pelicans.
“One for the Book” Lists Gene Freese
Although written in 1969, this piece is very timely given the recent passing of Gene Freese in mid-2013.
Mel Parnell Pitched and Won an 18-Inning Game
In an era of pitch counts, set-up men and closers, here’s an account of a starting pitcher who went the distance – all 18-innings!
New Orleans Players Hitting 20+ Home Runs in One Season
A look back at some of the power hitters from the New Orleans Pelicans.