Franchise Debuts

Angels Fan Confidence in the Scream of the Butterfly

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Are the Angels at the end of an historic cycle of success or can fans have confidence that there is no inevitable decline from the foundation on which a decade of winning has been built.

Tyler Chatwood: Lucky, Good or Both?

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Twenty-one year old Tyler "The Kid" Chatwood shut down a stacked White Sox lineup Saturday night, cementing his status as top pitching prospect in the Angels' organization and injecting a little...

Angel Debuts - 1982

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The 1982 Angels were built for the postseason. Sound familiar? Opening Day saw four Angel debuts, and three of them went on to become Top 100 Angels. On April 6, Opening Day pitcher Ken Forsch...

Angel Debuts - 1981

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The 1980-81 offseason was a staggering reconstruction of the California Angels. They traded Carney Lansford, Rick Miller and Mark Clear to the Red Sox in December. A month later they sent Boston...

Angel Debuts - 1980

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Well, the division champions just flat out didn't and 1980 was quite a forgettable season in Angel history - the DL visits exacerbated the Post-Nolan Ryan blues in Anaheim and the team ended up...

Angel Debuts - 1979

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For the first time in nineteen years... 338. Dan Ford 339. Rod Carew 340. Mark Clear The first Angel team to win their division began the season on April 4 in Seattle, where the first inning saw...

Angel Debuts - 1978

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On December 5, 1977 the Angels made a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox - they sent Bobby Bonds, Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson to the Pale Hose for Pitchers Dave Frost and Chris Knapp...

Angel Debuts - 1977

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Jeopardy Contestant: I will take "Impactful 8-Day periods in Angels Franchise History" for $500, Alex. Alex Trebek: The answer is, "Gene Autry opened up the saddlebags and signed free agents Don...

Angel Debuts - 1976

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Four new Angels appeared on Opening Day, 1976, a Friday night game at home on April 9 against the A's. A groundout was fielded in the top of the first by Catcher Ed Herrmann, who had been purchased...

Angel Debuts - 1975

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On Opening Day, April 7, Tommy Harper started at 1B and grounded out in the bottom of the 1st in the home opener against the Royals. Rookie Jerry Remy made his major league debut in the same game...

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Angel Debuts - 1974

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The big offseason trade let all-time Angel great Clyde Wright go, along with Steve Barber, Ken Berry, Art Kusnyer and cash to the then-American League Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Ellie...

Angel Debuts - 1973

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Shuffled There was a big trade in the offseason - 5 Dodgers for 2 Angels: November 28, 1972: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers: Bill Singer, Billy Grabarkewitz, Frank Robinson, Mike Strahler, and...

Angel Debuts - 1972

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The Angels wasted no time turning their backs on 1971 as they traded Alex Johnson and Jerry Moses to the Indians for Vada Pinson and Alan Foster on October 5. But the big trade of the off-season...

Angel Debuts - 1971

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Opening Day was a night game at Anaheim Stadium. Catcher Jerry Moses, part of a big trade with the Red Sox in the offseason, made his Angel debut behind the plate in the top of the first catching...

Angel Debuts - 1970

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The Angels traded 3 players to the Reds for Alex Johnson and Chico Ruiz in the offseason. It was, in fact, the final trade made by the club in the 1960s. Alex Johnson started on opening day 1970 in...

Angel Debuts - 1969

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An offseason trade for pitcher Sammy Ellis landed the Angels Bill Voss who was the leadoff batter at home on April 8, 1969. Trouble with leading off at home was that the expansion Seattle Pilots...

Angel Debuts - 1968

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Helter Skelter When the start of your team's afternoon game on Opening Day is delayed due to Martin Luther King Junior's funeral... perhaps it is an omen of the lousiness that is to come. 142....

Angel Debuts - 1967

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Two Mooses, a Hawk and The Don... 121. Jimmie Hall 122. Don Mincher The big offseason move was trading franchise icon Dean Chance (along with Jackie Hernandez) to Minnesota for a big bat: Don...

Angel Debuts - 1966

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1966: In This House That I Call Home... Opening day 1966 occured on April 12 in old Comiskey Park. The game saw the debut of Five Angels in a 14-inning contest. Right Fielder Jackie Warner batted...

Angel Debuts - 1965

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1965 gave us the first glimmer of a curse... Four players made their debut for the Angels on Opening Day (actually a night game at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles), April 13, 1965 against the...

Angel Debuts - 1964

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Opening Day, 1964, was on Monday, April 13 in Washington DC against the expansion Washington Senators (currently the Texas Rangers). Pitchers Ken McBride and Julio Navarro combined for a 1-HIT...

Angels Debuts - 1963

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No rookies appeared in the opening day lineup and only a dozen Angels made their debuts in '63. In the season's 3rd game, on April 11, Bob Sadowski pinch-hit for Bo Belinsky in his Angel debut....

Angels Debuts - 1962

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The 1962 season opened at old Comiskey Park on the afternoon of April 10, 1962. A slew of the 1961 team was on hand and in the game, with only two players making debuts: Third Baseman Felix Torres...

Angels 1961 Debuts

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The season with the most Angel debuts is, unsurprisingly, the FIRST Angels season, when 45 players appeared in games for the then-expansion Angels. So who was the FIRST Angel? Well, I had always...

Angel Debuts - 1961 Part 2

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The 3rd game of the inaugural Angel season was an epic, heartbreaking loss to the Dread Sox in Fenway Pahk in front of 5,289 fans (just in case someone tries to tell you anyone ever gave a flying...

Angel Debuts - 1961 Part 3

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As the season wound down and the Angels fell further back, the future beyond '61 was looking quite bright. On August 11 Jack Spring pitched 1 inning of relief in the 8th inning of a 3-2 loss in...

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