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Lee Thomas - Top 100 Angels #89

This is the FOURTH Halos Heaven offseason Top Angels list we have compiled. We did a Top 100 Angels list after the 2005 season (LINK) and another one after the 2008 season (LINK) and we published a book after 2010, the fiftieth season of Angels baseball (LINK) of the Top 50 Angels of the first 50 seasons. With analytics being radically more sophisticated, look for this offseason's list to measure advanced metrics and traditional stats balanced with where a player rests in the hearts of every Halo Fan.



Lee ranked #100 in our Top 100 Angels List after the 2008 season (LINK)

and he ranked #94 on our post-2005 season list (LINK)

Lee Thomas had the nickname "Mad Dog" for a temper - and he had reason to be mad as he was one of the most horrible fielders in Angels history.

Acquired early in the 1961 season, he wore a halo until a few months into the 1964 season. His slump in 1963 was a terrible followup to the great campaign he had in 1962, the season that saw the Angels surprise all of baseball by being in first place in the American League in July and remain in contention through September.

In 1962 he led the club with a .290 batting average and an OPS+ of 123. He was one of four Angels to play 160 games that year - Leon Wagner, Billy Moran and Albie Pearson joined him - and they all made this list as well.

His numbers and career rankings in Angels lore all run almost equal to Leroy Stanton's - they played in different eras but each amassed an OPS+ while with the Angels of 106 - just a smidge over ordinary. Thomas ranks a little higher on this list for his 61 career home runs as an Angel, 14 more than Stanton managed.