Milfred “Rick” Laurent – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
New Orleans native Milfred “Rick” Laurent had a long Negro Leagues baseball career that began with the Crescent Stars of New Orleans in 1921 after starring for numerous semipro teams from 1918 to 1921.
Laurent, a standout outfielder also played for the Caulfield Ads, New Orleans Black Pelicans, Nashville Elite Giants, Memphis Red Sox, Birmingham Black Barons and the Cleveland Cubs. He closed his professional back where he started, playing for the Crescent Stars of New Orleans from 1933-37.
In 1926, he was a member of the Black Pelicans’ Negro Southern League championship team.
During stint with the Memphis Red Sox, Laurent played every position.
Laurent was born in New Orleans on December 26, 1901. He died in his hometown on October 25, 1995 at the age of 93.