Back in 1979, the Angels and Royals faced off in Kansas City in a showdown series. The Royals won the opener in a rout, but the Angels won two of the next three to maintain their lead in the American League West.
Don Baylor remained hot and Rod Carew feasted on his former Twins teammates, helping the 1979 Angels to a 4-3 week to widen their divisional lead in the American League West.
Nolan Ryan nearly pitched a no-hitter, while Bobby Grich, Don Baylor, and Merv Rettenmund contributed to two straight walk-off wins last week for the 1979 Angels.
Don Baylor won American League Player of the Week for the week of July 2-8, and was one of a franchise-record six Angels to make the AL All-Star team in 1979.
A look back at the week of June 25-July 1, 1979 for the California Angels, who finished the week tied for first place in the American League West, thanks in part to Nolan Ryan having his best year in terms of walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Angels won five of six games this week in 1979, including a five-game winning streak fueled by Brian Downing and the hot offense, plus a starting rotation that kept pitching deep into games.