Kavanaugh Field

Kavanaugh Field was a minor league baseball park in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was the home of the Little Rock Travelers prior to their move to Travelers Field in 1932. The ballpark opened in 1901, as West End Park. In 1915 it was renamed for former team owner and Southern Association president William M. Kavanaugh, after he had died from a sudden illness in February 1915.

West End Park was the spring training site for the Boston Red Sox in 1907 (when they were known as the Boston Americans) and 1908.[1][2]

As part of vacating the ballpark after 1931, the property was sold to nearby Little Rock Central High School. The field was converted to football specifications and was renamed Quigley Stadium. The field is west of the school (the eastern boundary of which is Park Street) and the school's baseball field. The other boundaries are West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive (formerly West 14th Street - north), West 16th Street (south) and Jones Street (west).

Players at Boston Red Sox Spring Training in Little Rock Arkansas
Members of the 1907 Boston Americans at West End Park for spring training, with Cy Young second from right

References

  1. ^ "Practice Games Monday". The Arkansas Democrat. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 10, 1907. p. 6. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Pilgrims Come Tomorrow". Arkansas Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 2, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.

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Coordinates: 34°44′12.84″N 92°18′6.24″W / 34.7369000°N 92.3017333°W

1921 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1922 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1923 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1924 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1924 Southern Conference football season

The 1924 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1924 college football season. The season began on September 20. Sewanee and VMI joined the conference this year. Vanderbilt dropped its comembership with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).

Alabama was awarded the Champ Pickens Trophy as conference champion, though the loss to Centre hindered any claims of a championship of the South.

Vanderbilt end Hek Wakefield was a second-team Walter Camp All-American.

1926 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1927 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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Little Rock Travelers

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.

Quigley Stadium (Little Rock)

Quigley Stadium is a football stadium used by Little Rock Central High School. Prior to its 1930s remodeling, the area was known as Kavanaugh Field and was the home field of the Little Rock Travelers baseball team.

The stadium was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 and seats 15,000. At that time it was the largest stadium in the state of Arkansas. It has been used by many high school and college football teams, including the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Razorbacks (prior to 1948) and the Philander Smith College, Panthers.

In 2009, the field was replaced with artificial turf. Verizon Wireless donated much of the money for the renovation, and the stadium was renamed Quigley–Cox Stadium at Verizon Wireless Field.

Ray Winder Field

Ray Winder Field was a baseball park in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ballpark sat with home plate in roughly the north-northwest corner of the property. The former boundaries of the park were Interstate 630 (south, right field); Jonesboro Drive (west, right field corner); South Monroe Street (west, first base stands); buildings on driveway extended from Ray Winder Drive (north, third base stands); buildings bordering South Palm Street (east, right field). The field was in operation for around 74 years.

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