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Encyclopedia > Los Angeles Angels (PCL)

For the American League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ...

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Team History

From 1903 through 1957, the Los Angeles Angels, a minor league baseball team, were one of the mainstays of the Pacific Coast League, winning the PCL pennant 12 times. The Angels, along with the Portland Beavers, Oakland Oaks, Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Indians were charter members of the Pacific Coast League which was founded in 1903. From 1903 through 1925, the team played at 15,000-seat Washington Park, at Hill and Eighth Streets in downtown Los Angeles. During this time, the Angels (or “Seraphs” as they were sometimes called), won pennants in 1903, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1916, 1918, and 1921. In 1918, the team finished second in regular season play, but won the postseason series against their cross-town rivals at the time, the Vernon Tigers. 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... San Diego Padres National League AAA Portland Beavers AA Mobile BayBears A Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds R Peoria Padres The Portland Beavers are a minor league baseball team which, along with the Los Angeles Angels,, Oakland Oaks, Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Indians, was... For the American Basketball Association team see: Oakland Oaks (ABA). ... The Sacramento Solons were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League in 1903, 1905, from 1909 through 1914, from 1918 through 1960, and from 1974 through 1976. ... For the professional hockey team see: San Francisco Seals (WHL). ... The Seattle Rainiers, originally named the Seattle Indians, were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 through 1906, and from 1919 though 1968. ... The Vernon Tigers were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1909 through 1925. ...

In 1921, the team was purchased by chewing-gum magnate William K. Wrigley, Jr., the owner of the Chicago Cubs of the National League. When Wrigley could not get the city of Los Angeles to make the improvements to Washington Park he requested, he began construction of his own 21,000-seat stadium, appropriately named Wrigley Field, at 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard in what is now known as South Los Angeles. The Angels began play at Wrigley in 1926, and responded by winning their eighth PCL pennant, finishing 10½ games ahead of the second-place Oakland Oaks. William Jr. ... The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Los Angeles Wrigley Field was a ballpark which served host to minor league baseball teams in the region for over 30 years, and was the home park for the Los Angeles Angels in their expansion season of 1961. ... South Los Angeles is the City of Los Angeles official name for a geographical region that is often known as South Central Los Angeles. ...

The Seraphs won the pennant again in 1933. In 1934, they fielded what is regarded as the greatest team in the history of the minor leagues. The 1934 Angels finished at 137-50 (.733) -- 35½ games ahead of the Mission Reds on an annualized basis (the PCL used a split season format that year). They were so good that their opponent in the postseason series (which the Angels won) was an all-star team comprised of players from the other seven PCL teams. The Mission Reds were a minor league baseball team located in San Francisco which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1926 through 1937. ...

The team won pennants in 1938, 1943, 1944, and 1947, with the 1943 team being considered among the best in minor league history. For the next eight years, however, the Angels struggled to remain mediocre at best. In 1949, the Seraphs finished in last place, for only the third time in 47 years. Then, after finishing third in 1955, the Angels won what would be their last pennant in the PCL in 1956. Led by their portly, popular first baseman Steve Bilko, the Seraphs finished 101-61 (.637), 16 games in front of the runner-up Seattle Rainiers. The Seattle Rainiers, originally named the Seattle Indians, were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 through 1906, and from 1919 though 1968. ...

Area Rivals

In 1909, the PCL added two teams to become a six-team league (in 1919 it added two more). One of the new teams was located in the nearby town of Vernon, and the Angels had their first cross-town rival in the Vernon Tigers. Why Vernon, a small town? Simply because Vernon was one of only two cities in Los Angeles County that was “wet” (i.e., where the sale and consumption of alcohol was legal)! With alcoholic beverages as an attraction, the Tigers attracted big crowds by the standards of the day, and won three pennants during their 17-year history. With the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment and the criminalizing of alcohol consumption, however, crowds became sparse and the Tigers were sold to San Francisco interests and moved there for the 1926 season. Vernon is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... The Eighteenth Amendment may refer to the: Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution - established Prohibition. ... The downtown San Francisco skyline, looking east from the central part of the city. ...

The move of the Tigers, though, prompted the owner of the Salt Lake Bees to move his team to Los Angeles for the 1926 season, where the team began play as the Hollywood Bees, but soon changed their name to the Hollywood Stars. This first version of the Stars, though supposedly representing Hollywood, actually played their home games as tenants of the Angels at Wrigley Field. Though the Stars won pennants in 1929 and 1930, they never developed much of a fan base. They were merely a team to watch when the Angels were on the road. After the 1935 season, Angel owner Wrigley doubled the Stars’ rent, whereupon the Stars moved to San Diego for the 1936 season, becoming the San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles became a one-team city once more for the 1936 and 1937 seasons. The Hollywood Stars were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League during the early and mid 20th century. ... ... City nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Political Charateristics County San Diego Mayor vacant Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 372. ... The San Diego Padres were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1936 through 1968. ...

In 1938, the old Vernon Tigers, who had played in San Francisco as the Mission Reds since 1926, moved back to Los Angeles, this time as the second version of the Hollywood Stars and, like their predecessors, played their 1938 home games in Wrigley Field. After one season, though, the team was sold to new owners, among them Robert H. “Bob” Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby restaurant and for whom the Cobb salad is named. They sold stock in the team to movie stars, movie moguls, and Hollywood civic leaders. Moreover, the team actually played in the Hollywood area, beginning in 1939 when Gilmore Field was opened in the Fairfax district adjacent to Hollywood. The original Brown Derby. ... The Cobb salad was a signature menu item of the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California. ...

The new Stars (or “Twinks”) caught on and became a very popular team, winning three pennants before 1958. They were genuine rivals to the Angels, and it was not uncommon for fights between the teams to break out during Angels-Stars games. In fact, on August 2, 1953, a brawl between the two teams lasted 30 minutes, broken up only when 50 riot police were sent to Gilmore Field by Chief of Police William Parker, who was at home watching the game on television when the fight started.

The Beginning of the End

Early in 1957, Philip Wrigley, who had inherited the team from his father, sold the Angels and Wrigley Field to Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley for the then-astronomical sum of $3,000,000 PLUS the Fort Worth Panthers of the Texas League. O’Malley assured the PCL owners that he intended to operate the Angels as a PCL team as had the Wrigleys. He kept his promise – for one season. Brooklyn Dodgers redirects here. ... Walter Francis OMalley (1903-1979) circa 1940-1950 Walter Francis OMalley (October 9, 1903 - August 9, 1979) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1979. ...

After the 1957 season, the Angels and the Stars were forced to relocate when the Dodgers confirmed their long-rumored move to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. The Angels became the Spokane Indians in 1958. The Stars, in a sense, "returned" to Salt Lake City (from whence the original Stars had moved in 1926) in the same year, becoming the Salt Lake Bees once more. Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Spokane Indians are a minor league baseball team in Spokane, Washington, USA. They are a Class A team in the Northwest League, and have been a farm team of...

The Angels Reborn

In 1960, the American League announced plans to place an expansion team in Los Angeles, to begin play in 1961. Gene Autry, former actor and owner of a number of radio and TV stations on the west coast, attended the Major League Owners’ meeting in St. Louis in 1960 in hopes of winning broadcasting rights for the new team’s games. After two different bids to acquire the new A.L. team failed, it was suggested to Autry that he acquire the team itself. Autry (who had been a minority stockholder in the Stars) agreed, and purchased the franchise. He named the new team the Los Angeles Angels, after the long-successful PCL team, paying Walter O'Malley $300,000 for the rights to the name, which O'Malley still owned. The new Angels played their 1961 inaugural year -- where else? -- in Wrigley Field, before moving to Chavez Ravine, which they shared with the Dodgers from 1962 to 1965, when the moved to their brand-new home, Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium of Anaheim). The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television. ... For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ... Dodger Stadium has been the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team since 1962. ... Angel Stadium, originally Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field, is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Anaheim, California, and home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of the American League. ...

Former PCL Angels star Steve Bilko played the 1961 season with the American League Angels. Former PCL Angel player Gene Mauch guided the American League Angels to the 1982 and 1986 American League Western Division championships. Gene William Mauch (November 18, 1925—August 8, 2005) was an American former Major League Baseball player and manager, and the holder of the record for most seasons managed without a pennant (breaking the record formerly held by Jimmy Dykes). ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Another notable player of the PCL Angels was catcher Bill Sarni. He signed with the club in 1943 and played through 1944, appeared in 100 games, and hit about .220 overall. What makes Sarni interesting is that when he joined the Angels, he was 15 years old and had just finished his sophomore year at Los Angeles High School. As an adult, Sarni hit .300 with the 1954 St. Louis Cardinals. The St. ...

Notable Angels with MLB experience

Stephen Thomas Bilko (November 13, 1928 - March 7, 1978) was a home run-hitting first baseman of the 1950s and early 1960s who enjoyed his greatest fame with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League from 1955–57. ... Chuck Connors Kevin Joseph Connors (April 10, 1921 - November 10, 1992) was an actor and professional basketball and baseball player. ... Gene William Mauch (November 18, 1925—August 8, 2005) was an American former Major League Baseball player and manager, and the holder of the record for most seasons managed without a pennant (breaking the record formerly held by Jimmy Dykes). ... Hyam Soloman (birth name variously given as Herman Soloman, James Herman Soloman, and James Hymie Soloman) was a professional baseball player, born October 1, 1901 in New York City, New York. ...


  • O'Neal, Bill. The Pacific Coast League 1903-1988. Eakin Press, Austin TX, 1990. ISBN 0-89015-776-6.
  • Snelling, Dennis. The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC, 1995. ISBN 0-7864-0045-5.

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