With the move of Heinemann Field now now completed, A.J. Heinemann could resume his search for an MLB team to call this home for February and March. He found that team in Cleveland as the Indians came to town in 1916 for a 5 years stretch in New Orleans with their new star and future Hall of Famer, just obtained from the Boston Red Sox… Tris Speaker. Speaker had his best season to date this 1916 season, hitting .386 with 41 2B leading the league in both categories. Five time 20 game winner and Future Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski also came to town. The 1920 Cleveland Indians would break camp from Pelican Stadium and go on to win the World Series behind Jim Bagby's 31 win season while Tris Speaker hit 50 doubles and batted .388. The Pelicans meanwhile, continued to play competitive baseball in 1916 with 73 wins for a 2nd place finish thanks to Pop-Boy Smith's 23-13 record. In 1917 however, the team went after their all-time 91 win mark, but came up just short with 89 wins. Future Chicago White Sox' Howard Baker set new Pelican Park records with 29 2B, and 17 3B, while batting .265. On the mound future Dodgers' Dick Robertson became the Pelican's next 20 game winner, posting a 21-8 record. Unfortunately for New Orleans, the Atlanta Crackers put up 98 wins to keep the Pelicans in 2nd place. 120k came to Heinemann Field to see the Pelican's put on a show. When the team returned in 1918 however, they would face a problem much bigger than the Atlanta Crackers. World War I had broken out and the league was losing men to the war effort. Former Boston Braves' Hub Perdue put up a terrific 12-2 record by the half way point, while Dick Robertson was right behind him at 10-1 putting New Orleans in 1st place. Unfortunately on June 28th, the Southern Association suspended operations due to the war. While the Pelicans had the best record in the league, no champion was crowned for the season and the Pelicans effort was for naught. The Pelicans were doing so well at 49-21, that the owner of the team brought the Pelicans to the Texas League to try and complete what was nearly a great season. The Texas League welcomed the Pelicans but they themselves would suspend operations due to the war, only 2 weeks later. The Pelicans gave up at that point despite what would have been their best season to date and waited to begin anew in 1919. Of course, by then, the Pelicans weren't quite as good of a team. Hub Perdue returned to put up an all time low ERA of 1.56 with a 17-12 record and former Boston Braves' Larry Gilbert was terrific with 31 2B, 10 3B, 5 HR and a new batting title at .349 while future Boston Braves' John Sullivan set the new doubles record with 34 2B, 9 3B, 5 HR and  a .300. It was however, only good enough for a 74 win, 3rd place finish.  A new decade lay ahead for Heinemann Field and would feature the first two Hall of Famers ever produced by the Pelicans