The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have one of the most colorful histories in professional sports, having kept their fans on the edges of their seats and tugged at their heartstrings for nearly half a century. Whether they were winning divisional titles or struggling to stay out of the cellar, the Angels have always managed to keep things interesting and entertaining both on and off the field. It doesn't matter if you're a die-hard fan trying to test your knowledge or a casual observer looking to upgrade your status, Angels Essential has everything you'll ever want to know about the Halos.
From the Publisher
"Ryan's the only guy to put fear in me. Not because he can get you out, but because he can kill you."
--Reggie Jackson on facing Nolan Ryan "Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter, once said `It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well, Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned." --former Angels owner Gene Autry
From the days of the Singing Cowboy (Gene Autry), who in 1960 purchased an American League franchise to play baseball in the suburbs of rapidly growing Los Angeles, to their recent World Series and divisional titles, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been one of the most entertaining and popular teams in baseball. Their loyal and devoted fan base, developed in the early days when the team still shared Dodger Stadium with their crosstown rivals, stayed with them through years of frustration and has been rewarded with their 21st-century success. And now everything any real fan could possibly want to know about them is in Angels Essential, a fun, fact-filled reference guide that tells the complete story of this beloved ballclub.
Superstars like Nolan Ryan and colorful characters like Bo Belinsky dot the team's history, as do other names synonymous with greatness, like Vladimir Guerrero, Don Baylor, Jim Fregosi, Bartolo Colon, Rod Carew, and Troy Glaus. Milestone achievements, like Reggie Jackson's 500th home run and Mike Witt's perfect game, are part of that history as well. Angels Essential relives the pennant races, the triumphs, and the failures and introduces readers to the heroes, goats, villains, and flakes who have contributed to the history of this organization.
Whether you are a serious fan in search of previously undiscovered information or a casual fan looking to upgrade your status, Angels Essential gives you more of what you crave and serves it up on a most appetizing platter. There's trivia, special Top 10 lists, "what if" scenarios, and much more, all contained in the compelling story of a team and a franchise that in less than 50 years has established itself as one of the best in baseball.
About the Author
Steven Travers is a USC graduate, former Oakland A's minor league pitcher, and sports historian. Author of the best seller and Casey Award nominee Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman, Travers has written numerous sports books and screenplays in addition to writing for StreetZebra, The (San Francisco) Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. A fifth-generation Californian, Travers resides in the Golden State.
5.0 out of 5 stars SUNSET STRIP SUMMER OF '62 AND MORE, December 16, 2008By Michael E. Woodson "Woody" (California) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) I lived in L.A. when the Angels first came to town and well recall the colorful Bo Belinsky. It was the "Bo and Dean Show" that put Gene Autry's Angels on the map. Many wrote of Bo in those days; his amazing exploits on the Sunset Strip in the age of Sinatra!! Nobody, and I mean nobody, has come close to capturing the feel, the attitude and the unqiue sense of Americana, Southern California style, that happened when big league ball came to Hollywood, like this awesome writer Steve Travers. This book is fabulous. The writing is crisp, the prose right on, the research exemplary, and all I can say is this guy has provided a gift to Angels and baseball fans above all others. I love this stuff. There should be a movie made about Belinsky based on Travers's work. He then goes on to describe how the Angels' move to the Orange County suburbs ushered in a period of boredom, as if leaving La La Land robbed them of their character. Eventually, the club established a history of their own, and today they are a powerhouse. All of it is brilliantly detailed herein. Get this book. It is outstanding. What nostalgia!!