St. Petersburg Pelicans

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St. Petersburg Pelicans
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Team logo
Minor league affiliations
Previous classesIndependent Winter League
LeagueSenior Professional Baseball Association
DivisionNorthern Division
Minor league titles
League titles 1 (1989)
Division titles 1 (1989)
Team data
Previous parks
Al Lang Stadium

The St. Petersburg Pelicans were one of the eight original franchises that began playing in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The team was managed by Bobby Tolan, while Dick Bosman, Ozzie Virgil, Sr. and Tom Zimmer served as coaches. They played their home games at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.[1]

The Pelicans went 42-30 in the regular season and won the Northern Division title. Steve Henderson hit .352 for the club, and Lenny Randle batted .349. Milt Wilcox went 12-3, and Jon Matlack added 10 wins. Led by Lamar Johnson's home run and three RBI, the Pelicans went on to beat the West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win the league's championship game.[2]

The team returned for a second season but ceased operation when the league folded in December 1990.

Notable players

Source: [3]


The original St. Petersburg Pelicans were a team that played in the 1940s and 1950s in the Florida State Negro Baseball League[4] . They played its home games at Campbell Park in St. Petersburg.[5]

On June 21, 2008 the Tampa Bay Rays wore St. Petersburg Pelicans jerseys to honor the team in a game against the Houston Astros.[6]


  1. ^ 1989–1990 St. Petersburg Pelicans. Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved on February 20, 2016.
  2. ^ February 4, 1990 in History. Brainy History. Retrieved on February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ The Trading Card Database
  4. ^ Cassandra Waggoner. "Negro Baseball Leagues (1920-1950)". Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  5. ^ McLin, E.H. (1952-04-29). "Pelicans face Ocala in League Opener Sunday". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  6. ^ Tampa Bay Rays (2008-06-19). "Rays celebrate 'Turn Back the Clock' and honor the 1990 Senior League (SPBA) champions, St. Petersburg Pelicans". Retrieved 2009-03-22.