Los Angeles Angels in History

Events in Sport

  • 1957-12-02 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • 1960-11-18 Charlie Finley makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
  • 1960-12-06 AL grants American businessman Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 1960-12-08 Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium

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1961-08-30 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1962-06-26 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0
  • 1962-07-30 All star MVP: Leon Wagner (LA Angels)
  • 1963-07-31 Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • 1965-09-03 Preparing a move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels
  • 1966-04-09 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
  • 1970-07-03 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1972-11-28 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
  • 1973-12-05 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • 1975-09-28 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit California Angels, 5-0
  • 1977-05-30 Cleveland Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0
  • 1977-09-22 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven no-hits California Angels, 9-0

  • 1979-08-25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • 1979-09-25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • 1979-10-06 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • 1980-06-20 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2
  • 1982-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Milwaukee Brewers beat California Angels, 3 games to 2
  • 1984-09-30 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game
  • 1985-08-04 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5

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1985-08-26 Balt Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1986-09-19 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • 1986-10-12 California Angels within 1 pitch of pennant victory lose to Red Sox
  • 1986-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • 1991-10-02 Toronto Blue Jays clinch AL East title with a 6-5 win v California Angels; become first sport franchise in history to draw 4 million fans in one season
  • 1992-05-22 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in New Jersey
  • 1994-07-28 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers throws the only perfect game in franchise history, against the California Angels
  • 1997-08-10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

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1997-08-13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 2002-05-10 Anaheim Angels crush the Chicago White Sox 19-0. The Angels join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season
  • 2002-10-05 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1
  • 2002-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • 2002-10-27 Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first Baseball World Series; Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus MVP
  • 2005-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • 2009-10-25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
  • 2018-05-04 LA Angels 1st baseman Albert Pujols collects his 3,000th MLB hit in a 5-0 win v Mariners in Seattle

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907-09-29 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1920-09-15 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1950-10-09 Brian Downing, American baseball player (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953-07-03 Frank Tanana, baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1958-09-11 Don Slaught, American catcher (California Angels, NY Yankees), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1960-01-17 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1960-08-20 Mark Langston, pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-09-02 Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1962-11-24 Randy Velarde, Midland TX, infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1962-11-26 Chuck Finley, Monroe LA, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1963-03-22 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963-05-14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1964-05-20 Jeff Schwarz, American baseball pitcher (California Angels, Chicago White Sox)
  • 1967-03-28 Shawn Boskie, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 1967-08-07 Jason Grimsley, Cleveland TX, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967-08-15 Mike James, Ft Walton FL, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967-09-19 Jim Abbott, American MLB pitcher (California Angels, NY Yankees), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1967-10-01 Chuck McElroy, Galeston TX, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967-11-19 Gary Disarcina, Maiden MA, infielder (California Angels)
  • 1968-02-26 J T Snow, infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968-02-28 J T Snow, American baseball 1st baseman (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1968-08-24 Tim Salmon, outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969-01-19 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1969-04-14 Brad Pennington, Salem IN, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1969-08-09 Troy Percival, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • 1969-11-11 Damion Easley, American infielder (California Angels), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971-02-21 Jeff Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1971-03-10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-11-11 Ryan Hancock, pitcher (California Angels), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1972-06-30 Garret Anderson, outfielder (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974-06-04 Darin Erstad, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1980-01-16 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1980-07-29 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • 1998-10-02 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • 2008-05-01 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • 2018-05-22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97