Friday Flashback: Pensacola Pelicans

Pensacola_PelicansSeveral years ago, I thought we were going to move to Pensacola, Florida.  We visited the city and loved it but things never worked out to move there.  Pensacola is now home to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League but from 2002-2010, Pensacola’s baseball team were the Pelicans which bounced between three independent leagues during their existence.

They began in the Southeastern League in 2002 and were very successful in their first season.  The Pelicans had the league’s best record (40-28) and won the league championship over the Montgomery Wings.  In 2003, they once again had the league’s best record (42-23) but fell short to the Baton Rouge Riverbats in the championship.  The league folded after the season and the Pelicans joined the Central Baseball league.   In the new league, the Pelicans finished 55-40 and won the East Division.  In 2005, the Pelicans lost in the semifinals to the Fort Worth Cats.

The Central Baseball League folded in 2005 and the Pelicans joined the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.   Their best season was in 2009 when they won the South Division and lost to the Lincoln Saltdogs in the championship.  The Pelicans finished 49-46 for 5th place in their final season in 2010.

After the season, the Pelicans were sold to a group in Amarillo, Texas so that Pensacola could bring a Double-A team to the city.

The Pelicans played their home games at Jim Spooner Field at Pelican Park.

Pensacola Pelicans History:

  • 2002 – Southeastern League – 40-28 (League Champions)
  • 2003 – Southeastern League – 42-23 (Lost League Finals)
  • 2004 – Central Baseball League – 55-40 (Lost in First Round)
  • 2005 – Central Baseball League – 53-39 (Lost in First Round)
  • 2006 – American Association – 40-56
  • 2007 – American Association – 39-56
  • 2008 – American Association – 43-53
  • 2009 – American Association – 53-43 (Lost League Finals)
  • 2010 – American Association – 49-46 (Lost in First Round)




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