The Arkansas Travelers are the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in the Double-A Central, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. For five decades, they were in the Texas League. They became affiliated with the Mariners in 2017, after having been in the Anaheim and Los Angeles Angels system since 2001.
Prior to 1961, the Travelers were known as the Little Rock Travelers and played in the Southern Association, winning championships in 1920, 1937, 1942, and 1951. The Southern Association folded after the 1961 season, taking the Travelers with it. In 1963, the city was awarded a new franchise in the AAA International League as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies; in 1964, the team moved to the Pacific Coast League. For 1966, a series of franchise moves and swaps led to the Travelers' relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals as their AA Texas League affiliate; this relationship lasted until 2000, when the Cardinals and Travelers parted ways. The Travs have won Texas League championships in 1971, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001, and 2005.
Former logo thru 2013
For most of their existence, the Travelers have played their home games in the same stadium, called "Travelers Field" until 1966 when it was renamed Ray Winder Field in honor of longtime Travelers' executive Ray Winder. In 2007, the club moved into new Dickey-Stephens Park, named after two pairs of brothers: former major leaguers Bill and George Dickey, and local businessmen Jack and Witt Stephens. The ballpark is located in North Little Rock, AR, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock.
Some of the most notable names to wear a Travelers uniform include Tris Speaker, Bill Dickey, Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, Dick Allen, Keith Hernandez, and J.D. Drew.