This is fantastic! This story was posted in The Times Picayune by Nick Stillman, June 14, 2010.
Preservationist hopes to have historical marker placed at site of Pelican Stadium.
“Pelican Stadium was a cavernous baseball field (legend has it that Joe DiMaggio once hit a fly ball so deep that the outfielder who caught it required a timeout before returning it to the infield) where the minor league New Orleans Pelicans and various New Orleans Negro League teams played from 1915 until the park was demolished in 1957. New Orleans prides itself on its history, but it is generally forgotten local lore that baseball immortals like Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, and even Babe Ruth once dug their spikes into Pelican Stadium dirt. Twenty-year-old Tulane student Jacob Ginsberg hopes to change this.”
“Amateur clubs were playing in New Orleans as early as 1859. What is widely seen as the first spring training took place in New Orleans in 1870, a series of matchups between the Cincinnati Red Stockings – baseball’s first professional team – and the Chicago White Stockings. The Pelicans became a local mainstay in 1887, and the ingenuity of their captain (and, later, manager) Charles Abner Powell cemented New Orleans into the annals of baseball history.”