The Los Angeles Angels are an American Baseball Franchisee with their headquarters located in Anaheim, California. They are a part of the American League West Division and participate in the MLB. Angel Stadium is their home turf since 1966. Gene Autry formed this Franchise in 1961. He became the first owner for the franchise. Autry had featured in many films during the period 1930 to 1950. Later Autry became the most important figure of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum. Autry adopted the franchisees’ current name in tribute to the original Los Angeles Angels. It was a team from The Pacific Coast League. Walter O’Malley sold the right to the old angel’s team name to Autry. Malley purchased This PCL franchise from the then owner of the team Philip K Wrigley.
Important Facts About The Los Angeles Angels
The formation of this franchise was in the year 1961 by Gene Autry. He purchased the franchisees’ name for an exorbitant sum of $350,000. After the inclusion in the Major League Baseball in 1961, some of the players from the original Angels’ PCL team joined its fray. The Los Angeles Angels founder Autry owned the franchise for 36 years. When Autry was the owner the team qualified for three playoffs but unfortunately, were never able to win a pennant. In their franchise history, there have been several name change for the team. At first, the team’s name was ‘California Angels’ with a month still left in the season. In 1997 Walt Disney Company took control of the team, and renamed it to ’Anaheim Angels’. In the year 2002, the Los Angeles Angels won the World Series and also their first pennant. It was under the leadership of Mike Scioscia, the manager of Walt Disney Company.
‘Win one for the Cowboy’, is a deep-rooted staple mantra for the Angel fans. The saying is a tribute to the founder and the previous owner of the team who never saw his team ever win a World Series. With the passage of time, the team kept losing several games and they were just an inch away from American League Pennants. Finally, in 2002 the Los Angeles Angels won their first World Series title but sadly Autry had died by then. Soon after their win, Tim Salmon the Los Angeles player was the first to run towards their dugout to bring Autry’s signature hat in his honor.
Every game of the Los Angeles Angels begins with a song ‘Calling All Angels’ which is accompanied by a video featuring some of their historical moments. After winning a game they always use the phrase ‘Light That Baby Up’ which is in reference to the gigantic 230 feet stall structure that lights up each time they win a home game. The mascot for the Angels is a Rally Monkey. Its appearance depends on the loss of the teams game or in a situation when from the 7th inning onwards their game is tied. The mascot was born in the year 2000 when the scoreboard showed a clip from the movie Ace Ventura and ultimately the Angels went on to win that game.