Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels play in Major League Baseball and are based out of the city of Anaheim in California. The franchise was established in 1961 and have been a part of the Western Division since 1969. They are also known as ‘The Halos’.
Red, Navy Blue and Silver
Arte & Carole Moreno
World Series Titles
4721 wins & 4743 losses
11 (Jim Fregosi), 26 (Gene Autry), 29 (Rod Carew), 30 (Nolan Ryan), 42 (Jackie Robinson), 50 (Jimmie Reese).
Matt Andriese, Luke Bard, Jacob Barnes, Jaime Barris, Cam Bedrosian, Dylan Bundy, Ty Buttrey, Griffin Canning, Andrew Heaney, Mike Mayers, Shohei Ohtani, Felix Pena, Jose Quijada, Noe Ramirez, Hansel Robles, Julio Teheran, Anthony Bemboom, Jose Briceno, Franklin Barreto, David Fletcher, Albert Pujols, Anthony Rendon, Luis Rengifo, Andrelton Simmons, Jared Walsh, Jo Adell, Mike Trout, Justin Upton.
Mike Gallego (Bench Coach), Jeremy Reed (Hitting Coach), Mickey Callaway (Pitching Coach), Jesus Feliciano (First Base Coach), Brian Butterfield (Third Base Coach), John Mallee (Assistant Hitting Coach), Paul Sorrento (Assistant Hitting Coach), Jose Molina (Catching Coach), Matt Wise (Bullpen Coach).
The Angels were originally owned by the ‘Singing Cowboy’ Gene Autry who was the best selling country and western recording artist of the 1930s and early 1940s. He paid Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley $350,000 for the rights to the name ‘Angels’.
They entered MLB as one of two expansion teams in 1961. The other being the Washington Senators. They were the first additions to the league in 60 years.
In 1972, The Angels controversially traded six-time All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi for Nolan Ryan. The future hall of fame pitcher proceeded to throw four of his record seven career no-hitters and helped his team to their first play off series in 1979.
Angels pitchers have thrown 10 no hitters in their history with the others (aside from Ryan) being Bo Belinsky, Clyde Wright, Mike Witt (perfect game), Ervin Santana and Jared Weaver. Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined for a no-hitter in 1990.
The Angels won the World Series at their very first attempt in 2002. They won the series against the San Francisco Giants in an epic seven game series in which four games were decided by one run.
After owning the Angels for over 38 years, Gene Autry did not live long enough to witness his team win the World Series. After the win in 2002, Angels player Tim Salmon ran into the dugout and grabbed one of Autry’s signature white hats in honor of the ‘Singing Cowboy’.
They went on to win divisional titles in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Wayne Gretzky’s son Trevor played outfield in the Angels system at one point. He did not get picked to play in the major leagues however and is now a reputable actor and producer. See Lethal Weapon (2016).
The Angels have used a total of 10 logos as well as three different color combos since joining the league in 1961.
Mike Scioscia managed over 30% of Angels total games.
The Angels mascot is a monkey names Katie and she appeared in an episode of Friends.
Owner Arte Moreno became the first Mexican-American in history to own a professional sports team in the U.S.A in 2003. He was drafted into the U.S Army in 1966 and fought in Vietnam for two years. He then went to college and gained a degree in marketing and eventually became the CEO of a company called Outdoor Systems which made billboards right across the United States.