|Little Rock Travelers|
(1887, 1894-1895, 1897-1898, 1901-1909, 1915-1958; 1960-1961)
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Southern Association (1901-1909, 1915-1961)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
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.