Vincent Rizzo – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
New Orleans Pelicans
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Vincent Rizzo grew up in Mid-City and started working at Pelicans Park at the age of 11 in 1924 before going on to serve in almost every role with the organization.
He served as a soft drink vendor, an usher, a ticket taker, manager of box seats and traveling secretary before his Pelicans career reached its pinnacle when he served as the organizations’ general manager.
Rizzo joined the professional baseball scouting ranks, working for the Pelicans and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1938 until he served in the Army in World War II. After the War, he had his first stint as the Pels GM from 1946-49.
After that period, he worked as a scout for the Chicago Cubs until 1955 and then returned as the Pelican’s general manager for the final five years of the franchise (1955-59).
During his years as a scout, he signed a collection of New Orleans greats, including Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famers Jesse Danna, George Strickland and Lenny Yochim, as well as Hal Bevan, Ray Yochim and Pete Modica.
After his final stint with the Pelicans, he remained in New Orleans pursuing a variety of business ventures, including serving as the deputy director of the New Orleans Aviation Board.
He passed away on January 26, 1997 at the age of 83.