Travis Hafner  
 

  • 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.
  • Travis’s 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 in 1978.
  • 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 in 2004.
  • 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 and Tanner.
  • Travis may be the only major leaguer who lists his two favorite hobbies as hunting and chess.


 

 


Darin Erstad, 1999 Upper Deck Choice


Earl Averill, 1933 Tattoo Orbit


Minnie Minoso, 1953 Topps

 

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