Walt Disney CompanyThe Walt Disney Company effectively took control of the Angels in 1996, when it was able to gain enough support on the board to hire Tony Tavares as team president. Gene Autry, however, remained as chairman until his death in 1998. In 1999, Tavares hired Bill Stoneman as team general manager, under whose watch the Angels eventually won their first ...
World Series Winner 2002The 2002 World Series was a best-of-seven playoff series to determine the champion of Major League Baseball for the 2002 season. It was the 98th series between the champions of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), here respectively the Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants. The series was played from October 19–27, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park ...
New Ownership – MorenoIn April 2003, it was announced that Arte Moreno had reached a deal with The Walt Disney Company to purchase the team for $180 million. On May 15, 2003, MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced that the sale of the Angels to Moreno had been approved. One of the first people to congratulate Moreno after the news was Diamondbacks’ owner Jerry ...
History of the Angels
The Anaheim Angels have a long and storied history in Major League Baseball. From their beginnings as the Los Angeles Angels in 1961 to their current incarnation as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, they have been an integral part of baseball for over five decades.
The early years saw them struggle on the field but remain competitive despite playing in one of MLB's smallest markets. In 1965 they were purchased by Gene Autry, who renamed them The California Angels and moved them from Dodger Stadium to Angel Stadium, where they would play until 1996, when Disney acquired ownership rights and changed their name again - this time to The Anaheim Angels.
Under new leadership, things began turning around for the team, with manager Terry Collins leading his troops into post-season action during four consecutive seasons (1997-2000). Unfortunately, it was not enough; even though two World Series appearances followed (2002 & 2009), both were losses that left fans wanting more success from this talented roster.
Despite all these changes throughout its history, one thing has remained constant: The passion that players feel about representing Orange County on America’s biggest stage – Major League Baseball! This is why so many great players like Nolan Ryan or Mike Trout chose “the Halos” when deciding which team should be honored with their talents; because there is something special about wearing those iconic red halo helmets every night out at Angel Stadium!
From Albert Pujols' walk-off home run against Kansas City Royals back in 2014 that clinched a Wild Card spot all way through today's 2020 season featuring Shohei Ohtani lighting up opposing pitchers with his powerful bat while also taking turns pitching effectively - no matter what year it is you can always count on seeing some exciting baseball games coming out of Southern California thanks largely due too much-beloved franchise: The LA/Anaheim/California angels!
Los Angeles - Anaheim - Los Angeles (Anaheim)
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1961 – 1999 / American League
2005 – Present / Los Angeles Angels
1997 – 2004 / Anaheim Angels
1965 – 1996 / California Angels
1961 – 1964 / Los Angeles Angels
Angels – The “Los Angeles Angels” name originates from the first Los Angeles based sports team, the Los Angeles Angels, who took the name “Angels” from the English translation of “Los Angeles,” which means “The Angels” in Spanish.
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2004 – Present / Angel Stadium of Anaheim
1998 – 2003 / Edison International Field
1965 – 1997 / Anaheim Stadium
1962 – 1964 / Chavez Ravine
1961 / Wrigley Field
2003 – Present / Arturo Moreno
1996 – 2003 / The Walt Disney Company
1961 – 1996 / Gene Autry
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
11 / Jim Fregosi
26 / Gene Autry
29 / Rod Carew
30 / Nolan Ryan
42 / Jackie Robinson
50 / Jimmy Reese
*Blue is this team’s history