The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League: A by Richard Beverage

By Richard Beverage

Lengthy ahead of the Brooklyn Dodgers and long island Giants introduced the key leagues to California in 1958, specialist baseball thrived at the West Coast within the type of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). Minor in basic terms in identify, the league featured excessive rivalries, a major fan base, and such destiny hall-of-famers as Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. the l. a. Angels gained 14 PCL pennants and stood because the league's most excellent franchise. This year-by-year chronicle of the l. a. Angels from 1903 to 1957 contains an summary of the PCL and a wealth of statistical details, together with an all-time participant roster, an inventory of vital crew documents, lineups, and attendance details. dependent partially on own interviews with former Angels gamers, this heritage deals a nostalgic glance again on the PCL and the earlydays of baseball within the West.

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Thomas won only nine games, and Hughes finished at 14–16, missing several starts because of arm problems. Percy Jones was a good addition to the staff, finishing at 16–17, but he, too, was out of action for several weeks. At the beginning of September, it looked as if the Los Angeles and Vernon teams would finish at the bottom of the league, but the Angels rallied to finish two games ahead of Oakland in sixth place and actually made a brief run at fourth-place Seattle. Vernon collapsed during this period and finished deep in last place for the first time in that club’s history.

This was not a bad exchange for Los Angeles, either. Twombly would be a useful player for the next four years as the regular right fielder. 300, but he had little power. Deal was bitter about the demotion from Chicago and spent much of the spring training period at his Pasadena home before coming to terms with the Angels. 315 while performing adequately at third. Ponder started well before a serious injury put him out of action for most of the 1922 season, while York soon departed from the scene, and Daly served a year as the regular catcher.

A controversy developed in 1928 over the Angels’ “Ladies Day” policy. The Cubs had developed the concept in Chicago, setting aside certain days of the week when female fans could enter the ballpark at no charge, and the Angels decided to follow suit in 1925. The policy seemed to stimulate attendance, and Mr. Wrigley decided to go one step further in 1928. Every day was Ladies Day at Wrigley Field, not only for Angels games but for Hollywood games as well. The other club owners protested vigorously over the loss of all the revenue from games played in Los Angeles.

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