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In July of 1859, seventy-five young New Orleanians came together to form the seven teams that comprised the Louisiana Base Ball Club. They played their games in the fields of the de la Chaise estate on the outskirts of New Orleans near present-day Louisiana Avenue. As America's population grew through immigration, so did the popularity of what the largest newspaper in New Orleans, the Daily Picayune, called in November of 1860 "the National Game." Baseball quickly replaced cricket as the city's most popular participant sport.
In 1887, local businessmen and promoters secured a minor league franchise for the city of New Orleans in the newly formed Southern League, beginning the city's 73-year love affair with the New Orleans Pelicans. From Shoeless Joe Jackson, to Hall of Famers Dazzy Vance, Joe Sewell, Bob Lemon, and Earl Weaver, to today's stars such as Jeff Cirillo and Lance Berkman, the road to the majors brought many notable players through New Orleans. From these early beginnings to the present-day New Orleans Zephyrs of the AAA Pacific Coast League, local fans have continued the tradition of baseball in New Orleans.
About the Author
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, S. Derby Gisclair is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and its Oral History Committee. He is a Sustaining Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has written several articles on baseball history and is currently working on a history of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i remember the southern association from when I was a kid -- the pelicans, the chicks, and the vols. larry gilbert was mr. baseball in new orleans. every body was shocked when he left new orleans for nashville. the book also covers a lot of other baseball history that I had no idea about. and of course the recent history on the zephyrs and tulane are covered as you would expect. this book brought back a bunch of memories. buy one for yourself and another for your grandpa. he'll appreciate it.
This is one in a series of baseball pictorials published by Arcadia Publishing, and is surprisingly well-researched with a wide variety of interesting photographs. The captions in this volume are longer than others in the series, and for that reason I enjoyed it more -- to me the stories are just as important as the photos. I would have liked to see more coverage of the Negro teams that played in the city, as well as more coverage of amateur teams that the city has produced over the years. Despite that I thought it was a great book and look forward to his next book on the Pelicans.
Baseball in New Orleans is clearly a labor of love by the author. Well researched with a lot of interesting old photographs, this book is easy to read and an excellent addition to any baseball lover's library. It's actually part of a series of baseball books and this one is one of the best of the bunch. I was surprised by much of the material -- like I didn't know about Shoeless Joe Jackson or the city's long tradition of spring training (which I always associated with Florida). And it's not just professional baseball. It covers college, high school and amateur leagues as well. This book belongs in everyone's collection.
Baseball in New Orleans? You bet! I was given this book as a gift and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I got around to actually reading it. There are some really cool old pictures and the book covers baseball in New Orleans from before the Civil War through today. If you just thought New Orleans was Mardi Gras and restaurants you'll want to read this book. If you're a real baseball fan, you'll want to read this book. There are a lot of big names here -- from Shoeless Joe Jackson to Lance Berkman -- names that you wouldn't normally associate with New Orleans, but here they are! This is a must-have addition to your baseball library.