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The Arkansas Travelers are the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels in the Texas League, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have been affiliated with the Angels 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 lead to the Travelers' relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals as their AA Texas League affiliate; this relationship lasted until 2000, when the Cardinals and Travlers parted ways. The Travs have won Texas League championships in 1971, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001, and 2005.

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.

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.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1963 78-73 4th Frank Lucchesi
1964 95-61 1st Frank Lucchesi Lost League Finals
1965 67-79 10th Frank Lucchesi
1966 81-59 1st Vern Rapp Lost in 1st round
1967 63-77 5th Vern Rapp none
1968 82-58 1st Vern Rapp Lost League Finals
1969 66-69 6th Ray Hathaway
1970 67-67 4th Ken Boyer
1971 75-64 3rd Jack Krol League Champs
1972 65-74 6th Fred Koenig
1973 69-71 4th (t) Tom Burgess
1974 75-59 2nd Jack Krol
1975 63-72 5th Roy Majtyka
1976 59-76 7th Jack Krol
1977 63-67 4th Buzzy Keller / Tommy Thompson League Champs
1978 77-55 2nd Tommy Thompson Lost in 1st round
1979 76-57 1st Tommy Thompson League Champs
1980 81-55 1st Sonny Ruberto League Champs
1981 52-80 8th Gaylen Pitts
1982 68-68 5th (t) Gaylen Pitts (18-30) / Nick Leyva (50-38)
1983 69-67 3rd Nick Leyva Lost in 1st round
1984 62-74 6th Dave Bialas
1985 64-70 5th Jim Riggleman Lost in 1st round
1986 67-67 4th Jim Riggleman
1987 72-63 4th Jim Riggleman
1988 67-69 5th Jim Riggleman (32-38) / Darold Knowles / Gaylen Pitts
1989 79-56 1st Gaylen Pitts League Champs
1990 56-80 7th (t) Dave Bialas
1991 49-87 8th Joe Pettini
1992 59-73 8th Joe Pettini
1993 67-69 5th Joe Pettini
1994 68-67 4th Chris Maloney
1995 70-65 3rd Mike Ramsey
1996 67-73 7th Rick Mahler
1997 68-72 4th Rick Mahler
1998 80-60 1st Chris Maloney Lost in 1st round
1999 59-81 8th Chris Maloney
2000 68-71 5th Chris Maloney
2001 66-70 6th Mike Brumley League Champs
2002 51-89 8th Doug Sisson
2003 70-70 5th Tyrone Boykin
2004 59-80 7th Tyrone Boykin
2005 71-69 4th Tom Gamboa League Champs
2006 51-87 8th Tyrone Boykin
2007 65-75 7th Bobby Magallanes
2008 62-78 6th Bobby Magallanes League Champs
2009 61-79 7th (t) Bobby Magallanes
2010 55-85 8th Bobby Magallanes
2011 68-69 4th Bill Mosiello (36-31) / Todd Takayoshi / Bobby Mitchell Lost League Finals
2012 62-78 6th Mike Micucci
2013 73-66 3rd Tim Bogar Lost League Finals
2014 Phillip Wellman

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