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Former RedHawks star Brian Traxler dies at 37

November 29, 2004 - Northern League (NL) - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks News Release

FARGO, N.D. – Former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks star Brian Traxler died on Friday, November 19 in San Antonio, Texas following a short illness. Traxler was 37 year old. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

Traxler played with the RedHawks for 1½ years, including the inaugural 1996 season. That year, Traxler was one of the top hitters in the Northern League batting .335 with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 75 RBIs and 73 runs scored in 83 games. In 1997, Traxler batted .298 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 37 RBIs and 29 runs scored in 42 games.

Traxler began his professional career in 1988 after being drafted in the tenth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the University of New Orleans. He made his Major League debut with the Dodger in 1990, getting 11 at bats. Traxler also spent parts of six seasons with the Albuqueque Dukes of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) and played the 1994 season for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. Following his time with the RedHawks, Traxler played with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the Northern League and the Somerset (N.J.) Patriots of the Atlantic League. He had been a coach in the Dodgers minor league chain for the past four seasons.

A college trust fund has been set up for Traxler’s daughter Ashley. Contributions may be sent to:

Smith and Barney

Attn: Ted Wood—Ashley Traxler Trust

2300 Windy Ridge Parkway, Suite 550 North

Atlanta, GA 30339

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