Heinemann Field had seen many future Hall of Famers come to New Orleans during the spring season but had never produced one themselves from the Southern Association. 1920 would change all that in a very big way. Not one but two future HOF superstars came to the Pelicans In the form of Joe Sewell (19 2B, 8 3B, 2 HR, .289 - in his only Minor League season) and Dazzy Vance (16-17). Sewell would see his best season coming in 1923 when he hit .353 with 41 doubles. Pitcher Dazzy Vance would have a career year in 1924 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
when he led the league in wins with a 28-6 record while posting a 2.16 ERA which was good enough to win the National League MVP award. Dazzy followed that up with a 22-9 record the following year and in 1928 had his 3rd 20 win season posting a 22-10, 2.09 record. Future St. Louis Cardinals' Roy Walker meanwhile was stellar on the mound posting a 26-11 to take over the pitching record from Pop Boy Smith. The 2 Hall of Famers and Roy Walker brought the team closer to 1st with an 86-62 finish, good enough for 2nd place. While Sewell was gone by 1921, Dazzy Vance would return to try to put the Pelicans back on top and posted a terrific 21-11, 3.52 record. Former Washington Senators' Tom Phillips did one better going 25-7, 2.62 to give the team two 20 game winners as well as their 2nd No-Hitter! Eddie Matteson was also terrific at 17-6. Larry Gilbert also returned to hit 30 2B, 10 3B, 5 HR and bat .326 but he was just one of 5 players who would all try to out-do each other. Gilbert was bested by Eddie Bogart's 34 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR and .345, who didn't even come close to the numbers of future Brooklyn Dodgers' Bert Griffith (38 2B, 20 3B, 4 HR, .355) who took over the doubles record (34) from John Sullivan, the triples record from Howard Baker (17) and the batting title from Larry Gilbert (.349); future Phillies' Roy Leslie meanwhile would beat that just set doubles record by hitting 40 2B of his own along with 16 3B, 5 HR and a .321. Impressed yet? Well let's talk then about future Red Sox' Ike Boone who would blow away every one of them with a nearly un-believable 46 doubles, 27 triples, 5 HRs and a whopping .389 batting average. These astonishing statistics would culminate in the best season ever at Heinemann Field as the Pelicans posted a 97-57 record. One would think that this was the makings of a Championship franchise but unfortunately for New Orleans, the Memphis Chickasaws would post a remarkable 104-49 record to keep the Pelicans repressed to 2nd place. 167,000 fans came out to see this fantastic ballclub.