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1967 California Angels
Major league affiliations
Location
1967 Information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTLA, Ch. 5
Local radio KMPC-AM 710
(Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Steve Bailey)

The California Angels 1967 season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 84 wins and 77 losses.

Offseason

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Regular Season

The 1967 Angels were a different from Angel teams of the past in that they traded their ace pitcher and 1964 Cy Young Award winner Dean Chance to the Twins and obtained power hitting first baseman Don Mincher. Mincher would be their first legitimate consistent power threat since Leon Wagner was traded after the 1963 season. The Angels also obtained outfielder Jimmie Hall, who had averaged 25 home runs per season for the Twins from 1963-66. The Angels counted on young pitchers Jim McGlothlin and Rickey Clark to pick up the slack for the departed Chance.

The Angels, coming off a 80-82 record in 1966, started slowly and on May 31, they were 18-27 and 10 games out of first place. But they began to jell and after going 20-11 in June and 17-11 in July, they found themselves at 55-49 at the end of July and were only 4 1/2 games out of first place in what had become a 5 team race in the American League between the Angels, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and the surprising Boston Red Sox.

On Sunday August 13, the Angels completed a 3 game sweep of the Red Sox, and were now only 1 1/2 games out of first as they embarked on a crucial road trip that included stops in Minnesota and Boston. The Angels lost 3 games vs. the Twins, and 3 games in Boston (in one of which Boston's Tony Conigliaro was severely beaned and almost killed by the Angels' Jack Hamilton). When they returned home, they Angels lost 3 out of 4 to another contender, the Detroit Tigers and they entered September only 1 game over .500 and 8 games out of first.

They played well in September, going 17-11 to finish 84-77, but never got closer than 6 games out of first. However, they had a big influence on the tight American League pennant race as they beat the Tigers in Detroit in the last game of the season, enabling the Red Sox to win the pennant by 1 game.

Summary

The 1967 Angels were the 2nd best in franchise history to date and ranked a franchise best to date 4th in the American League in attendance. Mincher chipped in 25 homers and Jimmie Hall added 16 in 129 games. Former bonus baby Rick Reichardt finally started showing promise by batting .265 with 17 homers while shortstop Jim Fregosi had another solid season, batting .290 and earning a gold glove. 2nd baseman Bobby Knoop also won a gold glove, and the Angles led the league in defense. The pitching staff was led by youngster and all-star Jim McGlothlin, along with Rickey Clark, and hard luck veteran George Brunet, who lost 19 games despite a 3.31 E.R.A. Relief pitcher Minnie Rojas had a remarkable season, with a league leading 27 saves, winning 12 games in relief, and sporting a 2.52 E.R.A.

Opening Day lineup

  • Jose Cardenal, CF
  • Jim Fregosi, SS
  • Rick Reichardt, LF
  • Don Mincher, 1B
  • Jimmie Hall, RF
  • Bobby Knoop, 2B
  • Buck Rodgers, C
  • Paul Schaal, 3B
  • George Brunet, P

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568
Detroit Tigers 91 71 .562 1
Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 1
Chicago White Sox 89 73 .549 3
California Angels 84 77 .522
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 15½
Washington Senators 76 85 .472 15½
Cleveland Indians 75 87 .463 17
New York Yankees 72 90 .444 20
Kansas City Athletics 62 99 .385 29½

Notable transactions

Roster

1967 California Angels roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Mincher, DonDon Mincher 147 487 133 .273 25 76
SS Fregosi, JimJim Fregosi 151 590 171 .290 5 96
LF Reichardt, RickRick Reichardt 146 498 132 .265 17 69
CF Cardenal, JoséJosé Cardenal 108 381 90 .236 6 27
RF Hall, JimmieJimmie Hall 129 401 100 .249 16 55

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Held, WoodieWoodie Held 58 141 31 .220 4 17
Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 29 130 31 .238 1 8
Skowron, MooseMoose Skowron 62 123 27 .220 1 10
Gabrielson, LenLen Gabrielson 11 12 1 .083 0 2
Stubing, MooseMoose Stubing 5 5 0 .000 0 0
Piersall, JimmyJimmy Piersall 5 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 40 250 11 19 3.31 165
Clark, RickeyRickey Clark 32 174 12 11 2.59 84
McGlothlin, JimJim McGlothlin 32 197.1 12 11 2.59 84
Hamilton, JackJack Hamilton 26 119.1 9 6 3.24 74
Rubio, JorgeJorge Rubio 3 15 0 2 3.60 4
López, MarcelinoMarcelino López 4 9 0 2 9.00 6

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sanford, JackJack Sanford 12 48.1 3 2 4.47 21
Weaver, JimJim Weaver 13 30.1 3 0 2.67 20
Newman, FredFred Newman 3 6.1 1 0 1.42 0

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rojas, MinnieMinnie Rojas 72 12 9 27 2.52 83
Kelso, BillBill Kelso 69 5 3 11 2.97 91
Cimino, PetePete Cimino 46 3 3 1 3.26 80
Coates, JimJim Coates 25 1 2 0 4.30 39
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 19 1 0 1 4.91 8
Turner, KenKen Turner 13 1 2 0 4.15 6
Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 9 3 0 2 2.33 7

Awards and Records

All-Star Game

  • Jim Fregosi
  • Jim McGlothlin
  • Don Mincher

Gold Glove Award

  • Jim Fregosi, SS
  • Bobby Knoop, 2B

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Seattle Angels Pacific Coast League Chuck Tanner
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Rocky Bridges
A San Jose Bees California League Harry Dunlop
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Fred Koenig
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Tom Sommers

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Jose

Notes

See also

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983.  

External links

Preceded by
1966
California Angels seasons
1967
Succeeded by
1968

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