Little Rock Travelers

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Little Rock Travelers
18871961
(1887, 1894–1895, 1897–1898, 1901–1909, 1915–1958; 1960–1961)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Class-level
Previous
  • Class AA (1946–1961)
  • Class A1 (1936–1945)
  • Class A (1902–1909, 1915–1935)
  • Class B (1895, 1901)
Minor league affiliations
League Southern Association (1901–1909, 1915–1961)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1937
  • 1960
Pennants (4)
  • 1920
  • 1937
  • 1942
  • 1951
Team data
Previous names
  • Little Rock Travelers (1895, 1901–1909, 1915–1961)
  • Little Rock (1898)
  • Little Rock Senators (1897)
  • Little Rock Rose Buds (1894)
  • Little Rock Giants (1887)
Previous parks

The Little Rock Travelers were an American minor league baseball team located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and members (1902–1910, 1915–1958, 1960–1961) of the Southern Association, which as a Class A, A1 or Double-A circuit was typically two rungs below Major League Baseball.

When farm systems came into being in the 1930s, the Travelers were at different times affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles. After attracting fewer than 68,000 paying customers over a 77-game home schedule in 1958, the Travelers moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1959 as the Shreveport Sports. In 1959, however, the New Orleans Pelicans moved to Little Rock and took the Travelers name.

But the Southern Association was in its death throes, and the Travelers went down with the entire league after the 1961 season. Little Rock did not field a team in 1962. In 1963, organized baseball returned to Little Rock with the Arkansas Travelers of the Triple-A International League. In both 1964 and 1965, the franchise played in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League before settling in the Double-A Texas League, where the Travelers have played since 1966. Currently, the Arkansas Travelers are the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

The team's name derives from the old folk song, The Arkansas Traveler.

The team played at Travelers Field starting in 1932, a facility that would long outlast its original tenant. Previously the team had played at Kavanaugh Field.

Notable alumni[edit]

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