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New Orleans to commemorate Pelican Stadium

Pelican Stadium, the longtime home of professional baseball in New Orleans, will be honored with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony today.

The ballpark, located at the southwest corner of Tulane and South Carrollton Avenue, is long gone, but memories of the Pelicans persist. From

The ballpark was used by the former minor league New Orleans Pelicans, by scores of Major League teams as a spring training facility, as a neutral site for Major League exhibition games, and by several New Orleans-based Negro League teams beginning in 1915, when grandstands were dragged through the streets by mules to be installed at the stadium.

Baseball was a neighborhood fixture at the park until it was demolished in 1957 to clear space for a motel, and later, Interstate 10.

That first pro game was played in 1887 by the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that became a mainstay in the Southern League. The team was also a solid draw: in 1947 the Pelicans drew 400,036 fans to Pelican Stadium (shown above). That ballpark was torn down in 1957, and the Pelicans played a few seasons at City Park Stadium before leaving town.

By the way, the New Orleans Pelicans will exist once again — on the basketball court, as the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets management announced a name change for the 2013-2014 season.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a nice history of pro baseball in New Orleans in the archives.

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