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Blakeview: Albert "Al" Flair 

This week we remember a New Orleans baseball great on what would have been his 100th birthday. Albert "Al" Flair was born on July 24, 1916. The Fortier High School graduate played in the major leagues from 1937 to 1941, most notably with the Boston Red Sox. His last game with Boston came on the last day of the 1941 season, when he played in a doubleheader with Ted Williams. Flair then entered the Army, serving in the Pacific during World War II. When he returned to his hometown, he played with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 1947 and 1948 seasons. He's remembered for hitting one of the longest home runs in the history of Pelican Stadium — one that went over the 407-foot mark of the centerfield scoreboard. He later retired from baseball and started a business. Flair died in 1988. The Zephyrs inducted him into their New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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