New Orleans Baseball
The Book

Baseball in New Orleans
By S. Derby Gisclair

List Price: $19.99
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (March 2004)

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Book Description: 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.

Baseball at Tulane University
By S. Derby Gisclair

List Price: $19.99
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (January 2006)

Book Description: On a brisk January morning in 1888, nine young men from Tulane University faced off against nine young men from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to play base ball. Tulane won 22 to 8 in what was Louisiana’s first intercollegiate sporting event, and thus began one of the great sports rivalries in the state’s history, a tradition that continues more than a century later. As baseball’s popularity grew across America, the game thrived at Tulane, which produced numerous conference champions, scores of professional players, and one president of the American League. Experiencing increased national prominence, the university has completed a major expansion of Turchin Stadium, which is sure to make Tulane’s one of the premiere baseball facilities and programs in the country.