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Gookie Dawkins

Travis Dawkins
Born: May 12, 1979 in Newberry, S.C.
Debut: 1999 | Pos: SS/2B
H: 6’1″ | W: 180 | B: R | T: R

4 55 98 8 16 0 3 2 .163

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Travis “Gookie” Dawkins spent the summer of 2000 as a member of the gold-medal winning US baseball team at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. 

Dawkins graduated from Newberry High School in 1997 and was signed by Steve Kring. 


In the minor leagues in 1999 (at AA Chattanooga and A Rockford), he hit a combined .300 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. His 53 steals was enough to lead the Reds organization. His work on the field led to a slot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. 

In his Major League debut, he picked up 1 hit in 7 at-bats for the Reds playing as a defensive replacement after shortstop Barry Larkin was injured. 

In July 1999, he joined the USA Baseball team participating in the Pan Am Games. He hit .273 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases to help the US earn a silver medal. He returned to Chattanooga following the Pan Am games and earned Southern League player of the week honors in August. 

In a game on August 29, Dawkins took part in an unusual play, stealing 3 bases (including home) in the ninth inning. 


Dawkins was a member of the US team that won the Gold Medal in Sydney. He returned and got the chance to play in 14 games for the Reds, hitting .220.

He spent the majority of the 2000 season at AA Chattanooga, hitting  .231 with 6 home runs, 31 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 95 games. 

Following the season, he had surgery to clean up his right knee.


Dawkins spent the season with the Chattanooga Lookouts. In 104 games, he hit .226 with 8 home runs, 40 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.


He appeared in 31 games with the Reds, hitting .125 in 38 at-bats. His stats included 2 stolen bases and 21 strikeouts.


Dawkins reappeared in the majors in 3 games with the Royals. He was hitless in 2 at-bats.