From its very beginning,
California-based Angels have been associated with the glitz of
Hollywood; the team's first owner was none other than movie and
recording star Gene Autry, who also named the team the Los Angeles
By 1966 the Angels had grown tired of sharing a stadium with the Los
Angeles Dodgers and had moved to Anaheim. At this point the team name
was changed to the California Angels.
After enduring a few more mediocre seasons the Angels began to bring in
fresh talent, including power pitcher Nolan Ryan. Together with a
formidable lineup that included Don Baylor and Rod Carew, the Angels
finally reached the playoffs for the first time in 1979, where they
lost to the Baltimore Orioles.
In the following decade the Angels twice flirted with the World Series.
In 1982 the Angels took a 2 games to 0 lead in the American League
Championship Series (ALCS), but then lost three straight games to the
In 1986 the Angels were again tantalizingly close to the World Series.
In the 9th inning of game five, the Angels held a 5-2 lead,
and led the ALCS 3 games to 1. Unfortunately, the Angels
unraveled in the 9th inning and went on to lose game 5. After the
demoralizing loss, the Angels lost the following two games to squander
another chance at the World Series.
The Angels infally made their long-awaited World Series appearance in
2002 in what would prove to be a thrilling series. Facing off
against the San Francisco Giants of Barry Bonds, the two teams played
the highest scoring World Series in history. Ultimately the Angels
prevailed with a 4-1 victory in game 7 of the series to win the
franchise's first World Series title.
World Series Appearance
Hall of Famers
- 2002: Won 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants
- Rod Carew, 1st
Base/2nd Base (1979-1985)
- Reggie Jackson, outfielder
- Eddie Murray, 1st
- Frank Robinson, outfielder
- Nolan Ryan, pitcher
- Don Sutton, pitcher
- Hoyt Wilhelm, pitcher
- Dave Winfield, outfielder
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