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Shreveport Pirates

The USA-AFL's history in Louisiana begins in 1892 with the formation of the New Orleans Athletic Association which created a team nicknamed the Red Foxes. This team would not play every season until a rival team emerged called the Baton Rouge Razorbacks in 1904 as part of the Gulf States Football League. The Lafayette Pirates would emerge in 1908 followed by the Bossier City Gators in 1909, the Metairie Cajuns in 1911 and the Shreveport Raiders in 1913. The USA-AFL would relocate a team they purchased, called the Cleveland Tigers, to New Orleans in 1922 calling them the New Orleans Privateers. The team was the second franchise created by George Watson Parratt after his Akron Indians team was raided of most of it's players and sold by him to create the Cleveland Indians in 1916.

In 1920, the team was sold to James M. O'Donnell and Stan Cofall after it had been renamed the Cleveland Tigers the year before. The Shreveport Raiders had been founded by Peter Youree in 1913 shortly before his death the following year. Ownership then fell to his partner in the team, William Edenborn until his death in 1926 when the team was purchased by C.C. Pyle whose failed American Football League had been purchased by the USA-AFL. When Pyle died in 1939, ownership of the franchise passed back to the USA-AFL and the city of Shreveport. In 1950, there were two USA-AFL franchises in Louisiana with the Red Foxes, Razorbacks and Privateers merging into the New Orleans Voodoo Kings... and the Gators, Pirates, Cajuns and Raiders becoming the Shreveport Pirates retaining links to legendary pirate Jean Lafitte.

While technically owned by Louis J. Roussel, Jr, the Voodoo Kings were actually owned by a wealthy black investor named Joe Bartholomew who remained a silent owner of the team due to racism which would distract from the teams perfoemance. In 1965, businessman David Dixon tricked these owners into selling their interests in the team in order to join his new USFL which he hoped to establish as a league playing it's games in the Summer. This was a maneuver to guarantee New Orleans would retain pro football bringing in a new professional team in 1966 called the New Orleans Saints which Dixon became part owner of. The potential investors in his league would purchase the New Orleans Voodoo Kings and merged them with the Shreveport Pirates preserving the latter teams name.

In 1975, the USA-AFL purchased the assets of the defunct WFL Shreveport Steamer merging them with the the Pirates and the Arkansas Gators. A new Shreveport Steamers franchise began play in American Football Association from 1978 thru 1983 before the new USFL's Boston Breakers relocated to New Orleans in 1984. This version of the Steamers was purchased and added to the Pirates who took the players they needed and moved the team to their farm system. In 1992, the Pirates went on the road playing in Australia to help build support for the World Football Federation as the Gold Coast Pirates* being replaced in 1994 by the Canadian Football Leagues Shreveport Pirates expansion team. When this team folded in 1995, the USA-AFL bought the franchise and brought their Pirates franchise back to be merged with it.



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Neutral Colors:

Purple, orange, silver, black, and white

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Team Colors

Helmet: Purple, Orange & Silver Stripes
Home Colors: Purple Jersey, Orange Sleeve Stripes, White Numbers, White Pants, Purple & Orange Stripes
Away Colors: White Jersey, Orange Sleeve Stripes, Purple Numbers, Silver Pants, Purple & Orange Stripes
Neutral Colors: Black Jersey, Orange Sleeve Stripes, White Numbers, Purple Pants, Orange & Black Stripes
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