NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Arthur O. Schott, known as Louisiana's official Baseball Historian, passed away Friday at the age of 97. Schott passed peacefully, with his wife of 67 years, Mary Grinnen Schott and their seven sons at his side.
For more than 80 years, the New Orleans-native's life heavily consisted of baseball. In addition to being a baseball historian, he was also a statistician, raconteur and foremost authority on all things in both major and minor league baseball, including the New Orleans Pelicans baseball team. In 1973, then governor Edwin Edwards, proclaimed Schott to be Louisiana's official Baseball Historian.
Schott was also known as a baseball columnist for three area newspapers.
In addition to serving as president of the Diamond Club of Greater New Orleans, Schott was also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, the Diamond Club of Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame and the Greater New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, which is an international organization whose members are devoted to baseball history, research and statistics.