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Goodbye, Ray Winder 

Sunday marks the last game; plenty of goodies to be given away.

HOME: Until Sunday.
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The Arkansas Travelers, heading to the north side of the Arkansas River and a new stadium in 2007, will wrap up 74 years at Ray Winder Field with games this weekend.

In a fitting coincidence, the opponent through the weekend is the Springfield Cardinals, the AA club for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Travs and the Cardinals had a working agreement for 35 years, before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took over feeding the Little Rock-based team with players in 2001.

Thursday’s and Friday’s games start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s first pitch is 1 p.m. and the Sunday finale is at 2 p.m. Regular admission prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

In honor of the final games, the Travs’ staff is “cleaning out the closets.” On Thursday, the first 1,000 fans receive a gift from the Ray Winder Field promotional archives, and all Alltel Corp. employees can get free admission by showing their badge.

Travs beach towels will be given to the first 1,000 paid adults on Friday, and the last night game at Ray Winder will be capped by a fireworks display.

On Saturday, fans will be allowed on the field from noon to 12:30 p.m. to take photos of their favorite Travs player, and the first 500 kids in the stadium will get “Arkansas Footballs” since the Hogs’ opener in Fayetteville is later that night.

Sunday’s finale will include a commemorative ticket, and midget Roscoe Stidman, who batted in the first game that Bill Valentine served as general manager of the Travs, returns to lead off Sunday’s contest. The first 1,500 paid adults will receive commemorative T-shirts noting the last game at the stadium. Call 664-1555 for more information.

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