- Travis is the second
major leaguer to be born in Jamestown, North Dakota. The first was Darin
Erstad. Both played for the Jamestown Merchants amateur club during
their teens, as did Tim Olson, a Diamondbacks farmhand who was born
in Grand Forks.
- Travis hit his
first big-league homer off Jason Phillips of the Indians in 2002.
- When Travis came
up to the Rangers in 2002, the player who took him under his wing was
Rafael Palmeiro. He knew he had an appreciative audience when he talked
about the nuances of hitting, and the basics of playing first base.
first homer against a lefty came in 2003 off Eric Milton of the Twins.
- In August of 2003,
Travis bamce the first Indian to hit for the cycle since Andre Thornton
- Travis finished
second among AL rookies in 2003 with a .485 slugging average.
- Travis finished
second to David Ortiz in RBIs by a DH in 2004, 109-106.
- Travis tied a Cleveland
mark with 11 RBIs over a two-game span vs. the Angels in July of 2004.
He now shares the record with Hall of Famer Earl Averill. He hit five
homers in those two games. Travis is one of only 25 major leaguers to
have accomplished this power-hitting feat.
- In an attempt to
push Travis’s candidacy for the 32nd spot on the 2004 All-Star
team, the Indians printed up “Vote Pronk” flyers and handed
them out at a Kerry-Edwards rally in July.
- Travis tied the
Cleveland record set by Minnie Minoso when he was hit by 17 pitches
- Travis is the best
power hitter out of North Dakota since Roger Maris.
- Travis has “The
Pronk” stitched into the thumb of his batting glove.
- Travis was his
high school class valedictorian. He graduated with a GPA of 3.99.
- Had Travis not
made it in baseball, he planned to become a professional wrestler.
- Travis is addicted
to televised poker tournaments.
- Hafner boys traditionally
have names that begin with T. Travis’s two young nephews are Taylor
- Travis may be the
only major leaguer who lists his two favorite hobbies as hunting and
Darin Erstad, 1999
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Minnie Minoso, 1953
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