Before the calendar flips to 2019, we celebrate the holidays by looking back at 12 moments from the New Orleans Baby Cakes' 2018 season.
New Orleans had never formally retired a jersey number in its 25-year history until July 27, when the Baby Cakes set aside number 31.
In honor of Wally Pontiff, Jr., who wore number 31 as an All-American third baseman at LSU prior to his sudden passing in 2002, the 'Cakes retired the jersey in a pregame ceremony which was attended by Pontiff's family, friends, and former teammates. The Shrine on Airline had hosted the Pontiff Classic in March, the 15th consecutive year LSU played a game in Pontiff's native Metairie.
In the 15 years since the Classic came to the Shrine, the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Foundation has contributed more than $1.5 million to over 60 non-profits, schools, charities, and community programs, including LSU Baseball, the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Hall of Fame at Alex Box Stadium, and the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Pavilion at Jesuit's John Ryan Stadium.
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