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Episode Info: New Orleans has never had a major league baseball team, but it does have a rich history with the national past time. Join Mark and his panel of guests as they explore the rich history of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest days through today. Today’s guests include… * Tim Grubbs, announcer for the Baby Cakes and Director of Team Travel * Ron Swoboda, announcer for the Baby Cakes, and former major league baseball player known for “the Catch” in the 1969 World Series. * S. Derby Gisclair, author and baseball historian * Cookie Rojas, Senior VP and General Manager, New Orleans Baby Cakes Baseball in New Orleans can be traced back to the 1850s and the earliest origins of the game itself. Derby describes the scene back then, including games played on the Delachaise Estate, near present day Touro Hospital in the Garden District. Along the way, you’ll hear about the players and the places where they played. Ron Swoboda, who played for the 1969 Miracle Mets, regales us with stories of individual players from the past and today. His perspective as a former major league ballplayer helps bring the stories alive! You’ll learn about Abner Powell who managed the Pelicans and gave us the tarp and the rain check. The guys walk us through the early days of the New Orleans Pelicans. Later we discuss the return of minor league baseball to New Orleans in 1993, with the arrival of the Zephyrs. Cookie shares the stories and the thought process behind the name change from Zephyrs to Baby Cakes in time for the 2017 season. Learn about the Baby Cakes 2017 promotion for all children born in Louisiana in 2017.   All this and more in this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street!   Resources You can find Derby’s books and information at New Orleans Baseball and on Amazon. His website has great articles and images of the game.Read more »

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