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Encyclopedia > New Orleans Zephyrs
New Orleans Zephyrs
League Pacific Coast League
Division American Conference
Year founded 1993
Major League affiliation New York Mets
Home ballpark Zephyr Field
Previous home ballparks Mile High Stadium
City Metairie, Louisiana
Current uniform colors navy, green
Previous uniform colors
Logo design The wordmark "Zephyrs" in navy blue outlined in white and green. A Louisiana nutria is centered above the wordmark.
Division titles
League titles 1998
Manager
Owner Donald Beaver

The New Orleans Zephyrs are a minor league baseball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Zephyrs play in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and were most recently affiliated with the Washington Nationals, from 2005-2006; the other parent clubs since the franchise arrived in New Orleans were the Astros and the Brewers. Starting with the 2007 season the Zephyrs will be the AAA affiliate for the New York Mets. The Zephyrs play in Zephyr Field, located in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. Image File history File links New_Orleans_Zephyrs. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... Zephyr Field is home to the New Orleans Zephyrs, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals major league baseball team. ... Mile High Stadium (known as Bears Stadium until 1968) was a baseball, soccer and football stadium that stood in Denver, Colorado from 1948-2001. ... Metairie (local pronunciations , ) is an unincorporated, census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot, NOLA (acronym for New Orleans, LA) Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area    - City 350. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name Washington Nationals (2005–present) Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Ballpark RFK Stadium (2005–present) Hiram Bithorn Stadium[3] (San Juan) (2003-2004) Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977-2004) Jarry Park (Montreal) (1969-1976) [3] The Expos played twenty... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24,25,32,33,34,40,49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,19,34,44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... Zephyr Field is home to the New Orleans Zephyrs, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals major league baseball team. ... Metairie (local pronunciations , ) is an unincorporated, census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. ...


The Zephyrs arrived in New Orleans in 1993, having been forced out of their previous home, Denver, by the expansion Colorado Rockies of the National League. This was the second time the team had been pushed out by a major league team. When the Philadelphia A's moved to Kansas City in 1955, the Yankees' AAA club, the Kansas City Blues, became the Denver Bears. The Bears later changed their nickname to the Zephyrs. The New Orleans lawyer/business promoter Robert E. Couhig, Jr., led the effort to relocate the team to the Crescent City. Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993-present) West Division (1993-present) Current uniform Ballpark Coors Field (1995-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) {{{WORLD CHAMPIONS}}} NL Pennants (0) West Division titles (0) n/a Wild card berths (1) 1995 The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team... The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Oakland Athletics American League AAA Sacramento River Cats AA Midland RockHounds A Stockton Ports Kane County Cougars Vancouver Canadians R Phoenix Athletics The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The city of Kansas City, Missouri fielded several different baseball teams in several leagues in the 19th century. ... The Denver Bears were the AAA minor league baseball franchise in the Pacific Coast League in Denver, Colorado from 1948 until the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs. ... Robert E. Rob Couhig, Jr. ...


The Zephyrs joined the PCL after the 1997 season when the American Association was disbanded. The Zephyrs were one of five clubs from the AA to join the PCL, with three joining the International League. Triple-A (AAA) baseball was also expanded at that time, concurrent with the expansion of Major League Baseball. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Association has been the name of at least two leagues of professional United States of America. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Zephyrs won the 1998 Pacific Coast League championship and were slated to participate in the 2001 championship series with Tacoma before the season was cancelled in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and both teams were named co-champions. In 1998, the Zephyrs defeated the Buffalo Bisons 3-1 to capture the AAA World Series. The series, held from from 1998-2000, matched champions of the International League and the Pacific Coast League in a best-of-five series to determine the true Triple-A Champion. To date, the Zephyrs are the only professional sports franchise in Louisiana to win a championship. The Buffalo Bisons (Pronounced BI-zons by locals) are a minor league baseball team based in Buffalo, New York. ...


The Zephyrs finished the 2005 season three days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and though Zephyr Field sustained moderate damage [1], the team was able to open 2006 at home, becoming the first New Orleans professional team to do so since the hurricane [2]. Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ...


After the 2006 season, the Washington Nationals chose not to renew their affiliation with the Zephyrs, instead opting to make the Columbus Clippers of the International League their top minor league team.[3] After the 2006 season, the New Orleans Zephyrs will be an affiliate of the New York Mets. The Columbus Clippers are a Triple-A baseball team in the International League. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...


History

The Denver Bears, founded by the Howsam family, began as a Class A Western League franchise from 1947-54. The AAA Bears played in the American Association (1955-62; 1969-84) and the Pacific Coast League (1963-68) until the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs in 1985. The AAA Bears were affiliated with the New York Yankees at the outset, with Ralph Houk managing many players who would reach the majors and play in the World Series. Robert L. Howsam (born 1918, Denver, Colorado) is a former executive in American professional sport who, in 1959, played a key role in establishing two leagues – the American Football League, which succeeded and merged with the National Football League, and baseballs Continental League, which never played a game but... The Western League is a name given to several circuits in American minor league baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... Ralph George Houk (born August 9, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas), nicknamed The Major, is a former catcher, coach, manager, and front office executive in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


The team played at what became known later as Mile High Stadium, but was originally known as Bears Stadium after this team. This stadium was one of the largest venues in history to host minor league baseball on a routine basis. For many years the biggest crowds were on July 4th fireworks night, and every year the American Association scheduled the Bears for a home game; crowds of 45,000 and more watched the fireworks game, easily the biggest crowds most of the minor leaguers had ever played before. The Bears name has been used for other sports teams in Denver in the past several years as well. Mile High Stadium (known as Bears Stadium until 1968) was a baseball, soccer and football stadium that stood in Denver, Colorado from 1948-2001. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English) is a place, or venue, for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of...


In the late 50s and throughout the 60s, the Bears' repeat opponents were the Witchita Arrows, the Iowa Cubs (Chicago affiliate), the Oklahoma 89ers, the Omaha Royal (Kansas City affiliate), and the Tulsa Oilers.


In the mid-60s, the Bears included notables such as Cesar Tovar (who played all 9 positions in one game for the Twins) and Ted Ullander. The Denver Bears had some good teams from the 70s to mid 80s, producing such players as Tim Wallach, Warren Cromarte, Tim Raines, Craig Nettles, Terry Francona, Patt Rooney and pitcher Bill Gullickson. Billy Martin and Felipe Alou both began their managing careers by managing the Denver Bears. In 1980 they finished with the 37th best record of all time (92-44) and won the American Association pennant.


In 1985, the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs. The team was well-known in part for being the only baseball team with a "Z" on their caps. The team relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana after the 1992 season to make way for the Colorado Rockies, who began play in the National League the following year. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot, NOLA (acronym for New Orleans, LA) Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area    - City 350. ... See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993-present) West Division (1993-present) Current uniform Ballpark Coors Field (1995-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) {{{WORLD CHAMPIONS}}} NL Pennants (0) West Division titles (0) n/a Wild card berths (1) 1995 The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team... The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...


Previous Major League Affiliations and Minor League Membership

1949-1951 Boston Braves Western League
1952-1954 Pittsburgh Pirates Western League
1955-1958 New York Yankees American Association
1959 None American Association
1960-1962 Detroit Tigers American Association
1963-1964 Milwaukee Braves Pacific Coast League
1965-1968 Minnesota Twins Pacific Coast League
1969 Minnesota Twins American Association
1970-1971 Washington Senators American Association
1972 Texas Rangers American Association
1973-1974 Houston Astros American Association
1975 Chicago White Sox American Association
1976-1981 Montreal Expos American Association
1982 Texas Rangers American Association
1983-1984 Chicago White Sox American Association
1985-1986 Cincinnati Reds American Association (Named change to Denver Zephyrs, often referred to as the "Z-Bears")
1986-1992 Milwaukee Brewers American Association

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New Orleans Zephyrs: Information from Answers.com (521 words)
The Zephyrs play in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and were most recently affiliated with the Washington Nationals, from 2005-2006; the other parent clubs since the franchise arrived in New Orleans were the Astros and the Brewers.
The Zephyrs won the 1998 Pacific Coast League championship and were slated to participate in the 2001 championship series with Tacoma before the season was cancelled in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and both teams were named co-champions.
The Zephyrs finished the 2005 season three days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and though Zephyr Field sustained moderate damage [1], the team was able to open 2006 at home, becoming the first New Orleans professional team to do so since the hurricane [2].
New Orleans Zephyrs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (872 words)
Starting with the 2007 season the Zephyrs will be the AAA affiliate for the New York Mets.
The Zephyrs joined the PCL after the 1997 season when the American Association was disbanded.
The AAA Bears were affiliated with the New York Yankees at the outset, with Ralph Houk managing many players who would reach the majors and play in the World Series.
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