Free agent Reggie Jackson signs a four-year, nearly $4 million contract with the Angels, ending his five-year roller coaster ride with the Yankees. In 5 seasons as an Angel, Reggie belts 123 home runs, and has a memorable movie moment in “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”
Don Sutton of the California Angels pitches a three-hitter for his 300th career victory as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 5 – 1. The 41-year-old right-hander becomes the 19th pitcher to win 300 games, and will land in the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Angels manager Gene Mauch, 62, takes a leave of absence for health reasons and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. Mauch will announce his retirement on March 27. His 1,902 career victories (he managed 4 different clubs) ranked 8th in MLB history, when he retired, and his 3,942 total games managed ranked 4th. He is by far the winningest manager to have never…
Faced with the probability of losing star OF Fred Lynn to free agency because of a front-office blunder, the Red Sox trade Lynn and P Steve Renko to the Angels for 3 players. The MLBPA contends that Lynn and C Carlton Fisk are free agents because the Red Sox failed to mail their new contracts by the deadline. Lynn signs a four-year…
1973 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine tries to scale an outfield wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the Athletics. He catches his spikes in the wall and breaks his leg. He will miss the remainder of the 1973 season.
In nine innings the California Angels’ Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners — the 20th time he has had 15 K’s in a game up to that point — but leaves without a decision. Seattle prevails 6-5 in the 12th.
The California Angels announce that they will not offer 7x batting champion Rod Carew a new contract for the 1986 season, effectively ending his 19-year career. Carew finishes with 3,053 hits and a .328 career batting average.
Playing against the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, Angels outfielders Fred Lynn and Brian Downing crash through the left field fence while trying to catch a fly ball. Lynn makes the catch and it is ruled an out, the umpires reasoning that it is the same as if he had tumbled into the seats.