NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - As the postseason heats up, we take a look back at a piece of New Orleans baseball history.
Pelican Stadium once housed baseball legends such as Shoeless Joe Jackson and Babe Ruth.
Originally known as Heinemann Park from 1915-1938, Pelican stadium was notably used by the New Orleans Pelicans (1915-1957), The New Orleans Negro league baseball teams -- the New Orleans Black Pelicans and New Orleans Creoles – also played ball in the stadium.
Babe Ruth and the Yankees also held spring training in New Orleans.
The Pelicans, a minor league professional team, operated on and off in New Orleans through 1899. The team captured three pennants (1887, 1889 and 1896).
Notable pelicans include:
- Shoeless Joe Jackson,
- Dazzy Vance,
- Jimmy Dygert,
- Joe Sewell,
- Bill Lindsay,
- Bob Lemon,
- Earl Weaver,
- Zeke Bonura,
- Henry "Cotton" Knaupp,
- Gene Freese
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