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1979 Angels

Running into the Baltimore buzzsaw

The California Angels made the postseason for the first time in 1979, but lost the American League Championship Series in four games to the Baltimore Orioles.

Clinching the first division title

The Angels in 1979 clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history by winning the American League West.

1979 Angels Week 25: Divisional showdown with the Royals

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.

Starting struggles

Two short starts in a row by Nolan Ryan and Chris Knapp highlighted a 1-4 week for the 1979 Angels, trying to win their first division title.

Comeback kings

Disco Dan Ford led a high-powered offense for the Angels, who won six of seven games last week back in 1979, regaining control of the American League West.

1979 Angels Week 22: Freefall

Eight losses in nine games dropped the 1979 Angels out of first place for the first time in nearly two months, but they recovered over the weekend to regain the top spot in the AL West.

1979, Week 21: Great offense, terrible pitching

The Angels in the last week in 1979 set a franchise record for runs in a game, but also lost four of six games with bad pitching.

Nolan Ryan returns

Nolan Ryan returned after missing over two weeks with an elbow injury, but had so-so results. The Angels dropped 4 of 6 games but somehow widened their lead in the AL West.

Dan Ford hits for the cycle

The 1979 Angels had a good week ending August 12, with outfielder Dan Ford hitting for the cycle and hitting .519 (14-for-27) in winning American League Player of the Week.

Staying afloat

Back in 1979, the Angels dropped four of seven games, but remain atop the American League West.

Week 17: Rod Carew torments Twins, Don Baylor remains hot

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.

Baltimore chopped

A look back at a struggling week for the 1979 Angels, which included the All-Star Game plus four losses in five games, for the week ending July 22, 1979.

1979 Angels Week 15: Walk-offs, a near no-hitter, and first place

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 wins Player of the Week, one of 6 Angels All-Stars

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.

Nolan Ryan in control

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.

A Royal pain

A look back at Week 12 of the 1979 Angels, which saw them get swept by the Royals. But Nolan Ryan took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Bobby Grich continued to tear the cover off the ball.

Brian Downing on fire

Brian Downing leads a bulked-up Angels offense this week in 1979, widening the Halos’ first-place lead in the American League West.

Nolan Ryan & Frank Tanana come through

Aces lead the charge into first place

Bobby Grich on fire, Rod Carew injured

The Angels went 3-3 last week thanks to Bobby Grich re-finding his home run stroke, but the club also suffered injuries to Rod Carew and Rick Miller.

1979 Angels Week 8: Back in first place

Back in 1979, Don Baylor continued to drive in runs at a sublime pace, and Don Ford helped ignite the offense after a four-game slump, leading the Angels back into first place in the American League West.

Week 7: Undefeated, and a red-hot offense

The Angels this week got strong performances by Rod Carew, Don Baylor, and Nolan Ryan to fuel an undefeated week at home, including a pair of walk-off wins to beat the Brewers.

Week 6: Red-hot offense, but a losing week

The Angels scored a lot of runs again for this week in 1979, but their pitching was bad and the team lost four of seven games to the Red Sox and Yankees to finish up a bad road trip.

Angels trade for Bert Campaneris

Angels shortstops were struggling so badly that the Angels acquired 37-year-old veteran Bert Campaneris from the Rangers for utility man Dave Chalk.

Offensive woes and pitching injuries in Week 4

The Angels lost four of six games against the Orioles and Red Sox, while starting pitchers Nolan Ryan and Chris Knapp left games with injuries.

Nolan Ryan wins AL Player of the Week

A look back at Week 3 of the 1979 season for the Angels, when Nolan Ryan won twice and flirted with his fifth career no-hitter.

1979 Angels, Week 2: Brian Downing & the pitching staff on fire

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.

1979 Angels review: Week 1

A look back at the 1979 Angels, winners of the American League West, on a weekly basis. Here is Week 1, which featured the Angels debut of Hall of Famer Rod Carew, plus a start by Nolan Ryan in his final year with the team.