|Larry GilbertBaseball Player/Coach, 1905-1949
New Orleans Pelicans
A native of New Orleans, Larry Gilbert played two years of Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves. Though he batted just .230, he was a member of the "Miracle" Braves in 1914 that won the World Series. After his playing career, he managed for 25 years in the Southern Association, including guiding his hometown New Orleans Pelicans from 1923-31 and 1933-38. In 1932, he served as President of the Pelicans. His career record as a manager was 2,128-1,627 (.567) with eight Southern Association Championships with the Pelicans and the Nashville Vols. His first club in New Orleans (1923) won the pennant with 89 wins and a .610 winning percentage. He also directed the Pelicans to 101 wins in 1926. Gilbert died in New Orleans in 1965 at age 73.