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APRIL 11 (1961) - Expansion*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 11, 2007 - 9:13 PM

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 11, 1961 APRIL 11, 1961 – The Los Angeles Angels look like anything but an expansion team in their first game. Slugging first baseman Ted Kluszewski hits two home runs and Eli Grba throws a complete game as the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 2.

 

According to the online encyclopedia, wikipedia.org , the Angels were the most successful first year expansion team in baseball history. They won 70 games and did not come in last place—no small task. In fact, the Angels not only finished ahead of the expansion Washington Senators (big deal!), they finished ahead of the established Kansas City A’s (a little bigger deal!).

 

The amazing Angels actually contended for the American League Pennant in 1962. They were in first place on July 4th, finishing in 3rd (this is before the American and National Leagues were divided into divisions), ten games behind the New York Yankees.

 

The Angels became a tenant of Dodger Stadium, which they referred to as Chavez Ravine, in 1962. They built their own stadium in Anaheim and moved there in 1966, at the same time changing their name to the California Angels.  

 

Contributing Sources:

www.wikipedia.com

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ana

 



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