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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a professional baseball team based in Anaheimmarker, Californiamarker. 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 Anaheimmarker since 1966. The Angels are three-time and reigning Western Division champions.


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

The team has gone through several name changes in their history, first changing to the California Angels in midseason in recognition of their upcoming move to the newly constructed Anaheim Stadium in Anaheimmarker the following year. When The Walt Disney Company took control of the team in , it extensively renovated the re-named Angel Stadium on the condition that both the stadium's name and the team's name contain the word "Anaheim." Disney was hoping to capitalize on the proximity of nearby Disneylandmarker to enhance the tourism in the area, and thus the team became the Anaheim Angels.

In , 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.

Franchise history

Logos and colors

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 1965, after the club's move to Anaheimmarker, 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.

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

Baseball Hall of Famers

As of the Hall of Famemarker 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, with the following inducted members:

Retired numbers


SS: 1961-71
Manager: 1978-81
Retired 1998


Team Founder

Retired 1992


1B: 1979-85
Coach: 1992-99
Retired 1991


P: 1972-79

Retired 1992


Retired by
Retired 1997


Coach: 1972-94

Retired 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

Minor league affiliations

Radio and television

, the Angels' flagship radio station is KLAAmarker 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   to  . In   &  , the flagship station became KRLA (1110AM). In  , it was replaced by KLACmarker for four seasons, including the 2002 World Series season.

Rory Markas, Terry Smith, and Steve Physioc split play-by-play duties. Smith, Physioc and Rex Hudler call games on radio when Markas and Mark Gubicza appear on television.

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

In 2009, KFWBmarker 980AM started broadcasting 110 weekday games including any postseason games. This is being done to enhance the coverage of KLAAmarker which has a much smaller signal then KFWB. . All 162 games plus post season games will 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 KCOPmarker, with various announcers. Physioc and Hudler call about 100 games, while Markas and Gubicza have the remaining game telecasts (about 50, depending on ESPN and Fox exclusive national schedules). The split arrangement dates back to the 2007 season, when Jose Mota and Gubicza were the second team. Markas debuted on TV in a three-game series at the Toronto Blue Jays in August 2007. Physioc signed a new contract with the team for 2008, but reportedly he and Hudler are now team employees, not network or station employees. This could be linked to a new assignment Physioc received in late 2007 to call selected college basketball games for ESPNU, owned by a rival to FSN.

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! and The Halo Shines Tonight, both phrases he used during the 2002 World Series victory celebration outside of Anaheim Stadium.

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

Other Professional Teams in the Los Angeles Area


  1. From the dugout » Blog Archive » Angels’ spring radio -
  2. CBS Radio's KFWB News 980 enhances local programming lineup with addition of Los Angeles Angels broadcasts:
  • 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.

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