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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Established 1961
Based in Anaheim since 1966
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.svg
Team logo
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Insignia.svg
Cap Insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50
  • Red, Navy Blue, White               
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Halos, Los Angelitos
Major league titles
World Series titles (1) 2002
AL Pennants (1) 2002
West Division titles (8) 2009 • 2008 • 2007 • 2005 • 2004
1986 • 1982 • 1979
Wild card berths (1) 2002
Owner(s): Arte Moreno
Manager: Mike Scioscia
General Manager: Tony Reagins

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a professional baseball team based in Anaheim, California. The Angels are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The Angels have been based in Angel Stadium of Anaheim since 1966. In 2009 they were AL Western Division champions for the third straight season.

Franchise history

An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Los Angeles in 1961 as the Los Angeles Angels, and played their home games at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field (not to be confused with Chicago's stadium of the same name). The team then moved in 1962 to newly built Dodger Stadium, which the Angels referred to as Chavez Ravine, where they were tenants of the Los Angeles Dodgers through 1965.

The team has gone through several name changes in their history, first changing to the California Angels in 1966 (announced in midseason 1965 in recognition of their move to the newly constructed Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim at the start of the 1966 season). When The Walt Disney Company took control of the team in 1997, it extensively renovated the re-named Angel Stadium. The City of Anaheim contributed $30 million to the $100 million renovation on the condition that both the stadium's name and the team's name contain the word "Anaheim".[1] Disney was hoping to capitalize on the proximity of nearby Disneyland to enhance the tourism in the area, and thus the team became the Anaheim Angels.

In 2005, new owner Arte Moreno wanted to include "Los Angeles" in the team's name, in order to better tap into the Los Angeles media market, the second largest in the country. In compliance with the terms of its lease with the city of Anaheim, which required "Anaheim" be a part of the team's name, the team was renamed to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hotly disputed when initially announced, the change was eventually upheld in court and the city dropped the suit in 2009, though the team usually refers to itself as simply the Angels in its home media market. Many news reporters simply list them as the "Angels".

Logos and colors

2002-2004. The second/last logo under the "Anaheim" name and Disney ownership.
2005 to present. The first logo under the Moreno ownership and under the name "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have used ten different logos and three different color combinations throughout their history. Their first two logos depict a baseball with wings and a halo over a baseball diamond with the letters "L" and "A" over it in different styles. The original team colors were the predominately blue with a red trim. This color scheme would be in effect for most of the franchise's history lasting from 1961-1996.

In 1966, after the club's move to Anaheim, the team name changed from the "Los Angeles Angels" to the "California Angels," along with the name change, the logo changed as well. During the 31 years of being known as the "California Angels," the team kept the previous color scheme, however, their logo did change six times during this period. The first logo under this name was very similar to the previous "LA" logo, the only difference was instead of an interlocking "LA," there was an interlocking "CA." Directly after this from 1971-1985, the Angels adopted a logo that had the word "Angels" written on an outline of the State of California. Between the years 1971-1972 the "A" was lower-case while from 1973-1985 it was upper-case.

It was in 1965, while the stadium was being finished, that Bud Furillo, of the Herald Examiner, coined its nickname, "the Big A." After the tall letter A that used to rim the stadium, now in the parking lot.

In 1986, the Angels adopted the "big A" on top of a baseball as their new logo, with the shadow of California in the background. After the "big A" was done in 1992, the Angels returned to their roots and re-adopted the interlocking "CA" logo with some differences. The Angels used this logo from 1993-1996, during that time, the "CA" was either on top of a blue circle or with nothing else.

After the renovations of then-Anaheim Stadium and the takeover by the Walt Disney Company, the Angels changed their name to the "Anaheim Angels" along with changing the logo and color scheme. The first logo under Disney removed the halo and had a rather cartoon-like "ANGELS" script with a wing on the "A" over a periwinkle plate and crossed bats. With this change, the Angels's color scheme changed to dark blue and periwinkle. After a run with the "winged" logo from 1997-2001, Disney changed the Angels's logo back to a "Big A" with a silver logo over a dark blue baseball diamond. WIth this logo change, the colors changed to the team's current color scheme: predominately red with some dark blue and white.

When the team's name changed from the "Anaheim Angels" to the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim," the logo changed only slightly, the name "ANAHEIM ANGELS" and the blue baseball diamond were removed leaving only the "big A."

Season records

"The Big A" was also the stadium's nickname, coined by Bud Furillo of the Herald Examiner.

Baseball Hall of Famers

As of the 2009 Hall of Fame election, no inducted members have elected to be depicted wearing an Angels cap on their plaque.

Angels Hall of Fame

The Angels have a team Hall of Fame,[2] with the following inducted members:

Retired numbers


SS: 1961-71
Manager: 1978-81
Retired August 1, 1998

Team Founder

Retired October 3, 1982

1B: 1979-85
Coach: 1992-99
Retired August 6, 1991

P: 1972-79

Retired June 16, 1992

Retired by
Retired April 15, 1997

Coach: 1972-94

Retired August 2, 1995
  • #26 was retired for Gene Autry to indicate he was the team's "26th Man" (25 is the player limit for any MLB team's active roster)
  • #42 was retired throughout Major League Baseball in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson
  • #50 Jimmie Reese never played for the Angels.

Current roster

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2010 Spring Training roster
40-man roster Spring Training
non-roster invitees



Designated hitters

  • 91 Ryan Brasier
  • 90 Ryan Chaffee
  • 89 Tyler Chatwood
  • 69 Travis Chick
  • 58 Michael Kohn
  • 78 Tommy Mendoza
  • 66 Kevin Nabors
  • 38 Trevor Reckling
  • 45 Francisco Rodríguez
  • 87 Will Smith
  • 68 Andrew Taylor






60-day disabled list

  • None

* Not on active roster
† 15-day disabled list
Roster updated March 17, 2010
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Minor league affiliations

Radio and television

As of 2009, the Angels' flagship radio station is KLAA 830AM, which is owned by the Angels themselves. It replaces KSPN (710 ESPN), on which frequency had aired most Angels games since the team's inception in 1961. That station, then KMPC, aired games from 1961 to 1996. In 1997 & 1998, the flagship station became KRLA (1110AM). In 1999, it was replaced by KLAC for four seasons, including the 2002 World Series season.

The Angels 2010 broadcast line-up was thrown into doubt with the death of Rory Markas in January 2010. The Angels had announced in November 2009 that Markas and Mark Gubicza would broadcast Angels' televised games, with Terry Smith and Jose Mota handling the radio side.[3] At the same time, the Angels announced that Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler would not return to the broadcasting team. On March 3, 2010 it was announced that Victor Rojas will replace Markas. [4]

In 2008, KLAA broadcast spring training games on tape delay from the beginning on February 28 to March 9 because of advertiser commitments to some daytime talk shows. Those games were available live only online. Live preseason broadcasts were to begin on March 10.[5]

In 2009, KFWB 980AM started broadcasting 110 weekday games, including postseason games, to better reach listeners in Los Angeles County and other areas to the north.[6]. All 162 games plus post season games still air on KLAA.

Angels radio broadcasts are also in Spanish on KWKW 1330AM and KWKU 1220AM.

Television rights are held by FSN West and MyNetworkTV affiliate KCOP, with various announcers. During the 2009 season, Physioc and Hudler called about 100 games, while Markas and Gubicza had the remaining game telecasts (about 50, depending on ESPN and Fox exclusive national schedules). The split arrangement dated back to the 2007 season, when Mota and Gubicza were the second team. Markas debuted on TV in a three-game series at the Toronto Blue Jays in August 2007.

Mota, who is bilingual and the son of former Dodger Manny Mota, has also called Angels games in Spanish, and at one time did analysis from the dugout rather than the usual booth position.

All games are produced by FSN regardless of the outlet actually showing the games.

Dick Enberg, who broadcast Angels baseball in the 1970s, is the broadcaster most identified with the Angels, using such phrases as "Oh, my!", "Touch 'em all!" after Angel home runs, and "The halo shines tonight!".

Other former Angels broadcasters over the past three decades include Dave Niehaus, Don Drysdale, Bob Starr, Joe Torre, Paul Olden, Larry Kahn, Al Conin, Mario Impemba, Sparky Anderson, Jerry Reuss, Ken Wilson, Ken Brett, and Ron Fairly. Jerry Coleman also spent time with the Angels organization in the early-1970s as a pre-game and post-game host before joining the San Diego Padres broadcast team.

See also


  • Bisheff, Steve. Tales from the Angels Dugout: The Championship Season and Other Great Angels Stories. Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2003. ISBN 1-58261-685-X.
  • 2005 Angels Information Guide.

External links

Preceded by
Arizona Diamondbacks
World Series Champions
Anaheim Angels

Succeeded by
Florida Marlins
Preceded by
New York Yankees
American League Champions
Anaheim Angels

Succeeded by
New York Yankees


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