- Location: Little Rock, AR
- League: International League 1963; Pacific Coast League 1964-1965; Texas League 1966-2019; Double-A Central 2021-
- Affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies 1963-1965; St. Louis Cardinals 1966-2000; Anaheim Angels 2001-2004; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2005-2016; Seattle Mariners 2017-present
- Ballpark: Ray Winder Field (Travelers Field until 1966) 1963-2006; Dickey-Stephens Park 2007-present
The Arkansas Travelers, formerly of the Texas League and now in Double-A Central, have a brand that goes back to the 1950s and a nickname history that goes even farther as the Little Rock Travelers. The Seattle Mariners farmhands play their home games at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, AR.
The current Travs actually came to Little Rock from Tulsa, OK, in a rare franchise swap. The 1966 exchange put Double-A baseball back in Little Rock and Triple-A in Tulsa - albeit the latter was briefly. The Travs have been stable ever since, but the Triple-A franchise that went to Oklahoma moved three more times before finally finding success as the Louisville Redbirds - now Bats - in 1982. As for the Travelers, the longtime Los Angeles Angels' affiliate switched to the Mariners in 2017.
"Travelers" is among the longest-running nicknames in professional sports, dating to 1901. Although it derives from the song title "The Arkansas Traveler", the ballclub went by "Little Rock Travelers" until 1957. The 1961 Minnesota Twins are often incorrectly cited as the first professional sports team to use a state rather than city name as its geographic identifier. That would be correct only for MLB and probably major American professional sports, but the Travelers were first for all pro sports.
The Little Rock Travelers played in the Southern Association, winning championships in 1920, 1937, 1942, and 1951. The Southern Association folded after the 1961 season, taking the Travs with it. In 1963, the city was awarded a new franchise in the Triple-A International League as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies; in 1964, the team moved to the Pacific Coast League. The 1966 franchise swap also brought the St. Louis Cardinals to Little Rock as the Travs' parent club; this relationship lasted until 2000, when the Travs first joined the Angels. The Travs won Texas League championships in 1971, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001, and 2005.
For most of their existence, the Travelers played their home games in the same stadium, called Travelers Field until 1966 when it was renamed Ray Winder Field in honor of longtime Travs' executive Ray Winder.
The Travs play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Diamantes de Arkansas (Arkansas Diamonds).