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For other uses, see Arkansas Traveler.
Arkansas Travelers
Founded in 1963
Little Rock, Arkansas
Ark Travelers.png Arkansas Travelers (cap insignia).png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A (1966–present)
Previous Triple-A (1963–1965)
Minor league affiliations
League Texas League (1966–present)
Division North Division
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (1964–1965)
International League (1963)
Major league affiliations
Current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2001–present)
Previous St. Louis Cardinals (1966–2000)
Philadelphia Phillies (1963–1965)
Minor league titles
League titles 1971, 1977, 1979, 1980,
1989, 2001, 2008
Division titles 2008
Team data
Nickname Travs
Previous names
Little Rock Travelers (1902-1961)
Colors Red, black, gray, white, maroon
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Ballpark Dickey-Stephens Park (2007–present)
Previous parks
Ray Winder Field (1963–2006)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Arkansas Travelers Baseball, Inc.
Manager Phillip Wellman
General manager Paul Allen

The Arkansas Travelers, also known informally as The Travs, are a Minor League Baseball team based in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

History[edit]

The team succeeded the Little Rock Travelers, which appellation became defunct in 1961. The Travelers were the first professional sports team to claim an entire state in 1957 when they became the Arkansas Travelers. Both versions of the name derive from the old folk song, The Arkansas Traveler.

Fields[edit]

Ray Winder Field[edit]

Main article: Ray Winder Field
Ray Winder Field

From 1932 to 2006, the Travelers played at Ray Winder Field. Bill Valentine, a former American League umpire and chosen as general manager for the Travelers from 1976 to 2007, began to promote the historic nature of Ray Winder Field. The ballpark gained recognition as one of the oldest still active parks in minor league baseball, and fans traveled to Little Rock to experience the nostalgia and sample the baseball history represented by Ray Winder Field. However, after nearly three-quarters of a century, the field was showing signs of age and after a successful special election in 2005, the team moved to a new stadium at the start of the 2007 season and the field was demolished in 2012.

Dickey-Stephens Park[edit]

Main article: Dickey-Stephens Park
Dickey-Stephens Park

Dickey-Stephens Park, the new stadium in North Little Rock, Arkansas, hosted the first Travelers game against the Frisco RoughRiders on April 12, 2007. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team. It holds at least 7,000 people. It was built through a partnership between the Travs, Little Rock financier Warren Stephens and the city of North Little Rock. After donating an 11-acre (45,000 m2) plot of land east of the Broadway Bridge, Mr. Stephens named the ballpark in honor of two pairs of baseball-loving brothers; Stephens Inc. Founders Jack and Witt Stephens, and Hall of Fame Catcher Bill Dickey and his brother Skeeter, also a former Major League ballplayer. Both Dickey brothers worked for Stephens Inc. following their baseball careers. Bill, who caught for the 1925 Little Rock Travelers, also managed the club for one season following a 17-year Hall-of-Fame career with the New York Yankees that included seven World Series titles.

2004 jerseys and caps[edit]

In 2004 the team introduced new road jerseys and alternate caps that paid homage to the Travs’ home city. The jerseys had “Little Rock” written across the chest. Travelers’ jerseys have either featured “Arkansas” or “Travelers” ever since the 1950s.

Nostalgia is in these days and the retro look has become stylish, We were the Little Rock Travelers for years and after all this time we thought we lost the identification with Little Rock. Some people actually didn’t know we’re from Little Rock. The LR logo has had success on our replica caps and we thought that the time to make this change was right now.”

—Bill Valentine

Roster[edit]

Arkansas Travelers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 10 Anthony Bemboom
  •  5 Zach Wright

Infielders

  • 12 Brian Hernandez
  • 16 Wade Hinkle
  •  4 Sherman Johnson
  •  9 Drew Maggi
  • 29 Michael Snyder
  •  8 Eric Stamets

Outfielders

Manager

  • 25 Bill Richardson

Coaches

  • 31 Pat Rice (pitching)
  • 24 Tom Tornincasa (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 12, 2015
Transactions
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General Managers[edit]

Ray Winder[edit]

In Ray Winder, was the general manager for Little Rock Travelers when it became defunct in 1961, but continued as general manager for the Arkansas Travelers until 1976. Winder had worked as a ticket taker in 1915 before rising to general manager. More than once, he almost single-handedly kept baseball in Little Rock. In 1960, at the last minute, he used his relationships with major league teams to sign enough players for the Travelers to field a team—it had looked as if the team would not make or would have to move to another town. During his fifty-plus years with the team, he saw the Travelers sink to the bottom of the league only to rise three times to the league championship.

Bill Valentine[edit]

Main article: Bill Valentine
Bill Valentine

In 1976, Bill Valentine, a former American League umpire, was chosen as general manager for the Travelers.[1] Valentine would remain general manager until in 2007 after 31 years and would remain executive vice president for two more seasons, before retiring in March 2009.[1] Valentine worked as an announcer for the Arkansas Travelers for eight years.[1] In his first season as general manager, the team saw a 34 percent increase in attendance, due in part to Valentine's stunts including giving away tens of thousands of tickets to kids, hoping they would bring their parents to the game with them, and holding midget wrestling and amateur boxing at the stadium.[1][2] The Travelers' attendance continued to increase over the years, and also saw on-field success, winning five league titles while Valentine was GM. Valentine has been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame, the Texas League Hall of Fame, and the North Little Rock Boys Club Hall of Fame.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bill Valentine Retires From Arkansas Travelers". milb.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Bill Valentine at the SABR Baseball Biography Project, by Mark Armour, retrieved 9 June 2012

External links[edit]


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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:50:27 -0700

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:41:15 -0700

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:48:01 -0700

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:45 -0700

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

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(AP) - In the Texas League yesterday, the Springfield Cardinals beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6-3 in 12 innings. The Arkansas Travelers beat the Tulsa Drillers 3-1. The Nats play Springfield today at 7:05 p.m. The Travs play Tulsa at 7:10 p.m..
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