By S. Derby Gisclair
In 1887, neighborhood businessmen and promoters secured a minor league franchise for town of latest Orleans within the newly shaped Southern League, starting the city's 73-year love affair with the hot Orleans Pelicans. From Shoeless Joe Jackson, to corridor of Famers Dazzy Vance, Joe Sewell, Bob Lemon, and Earl Weaver, to modern day stars akin to Jeff Cirillo and Lance Berkman, the line to the majors introduced many extraordinary avid gamers via New Orleans. From those early beginnings to the present-day New Orleans Zephyrs of the AAA Pacific Coast League, neighborhood enthusiasts have endured the culture of baseball in New Orleans.
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