- Aug. 18, 2000: Erstad is 'incredible'
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
are familiar with recent Angels history would be surprised
that the man at the center of the team's most memorable comeback
of the 2000 season was Darin Erstad. Even though his teammates
were hitting home runs at a record pace, there was never any
question about who was that season's MVP.
game better illustrated the magic of that year than this shocker
in the Bronx.
on, it was like so many Angels/Yankees games of the past,
with the Angels scoring one run and the Yankees answering
with two. And two more. And two more. After the sixth inning,
New York led, 8-3, and Roger Clemens found his groove, retiring
the Angels in order in the seventh and eighth.
he'd already thrown 119 pitches, Clemens came out for the
ninth. Singles by Troy Glaus and Bengie Molina sent him to
the showers, however, and reliever Jeff Nelson was summoned
to quell this minor uprising. Nelson retired Adam Kennedy
on a flyout, but walked Kevin Stocker to load the bases, convincing
Joe Torre to go to his bullpen ace, Mariano Rivera. And when
Erstad hit into a fielder's choice at third, the Angels gained
a run, but were now down to their last out against the game's
the Angels grabbed a bit of that Yankee Stadium "mystique
and aura" for themselves when Orlando Palmeiro laced
a double into right field to score Stocker and cut the Yankees
lead to 8-5. Two pitches later, Mo Vaughn launched an 0-1
Rivera cutter into the upper deck in right field, tying the
game and bringing the Angels all the way back from an 8-3
ninth inning deficit.
the game is over, you keep battling," Erstad said. "How
many times are you going to see that kind of comeback in your
career, against one of the best pitchers ever and one of the
best closers in the game? That's why we play until the last
didn't quit, either, and appeared poised to snatch back the
victory in the bottom of the tenth when pinch runner Luis
Polonia reached third with two outs and Derek Jeter was intentionally
walked in favor of Jorge Posada. Posada smashed a drive into
the left-center gap that had walk-off written all over it.
Somehow, Erstad, motoring from over near the left field line,
managed to get close enough to make a full-extension dive
on the ball already past him, reaching out and hauling it
in before crashing violently onto the outfield grass.
thought it split the gap when he hit it," Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said. "All I can say is incredible."
had already spilled out of the dugout to celebrate, most then
lingering in amazement that they had not just won the game.
thought the game was over," Clemens said. "That
was one of the top three catches I've seen in my years in
the Angels players were the ones celebrating, greeting Erstad
in foul territory and mobbing him in the dugout.
wouldn't leave me alone, and I'm like, 'I've got to go hit,
leave me alone,'" Erstad said.
second in the eleventh, the Erstad Show was primed for an
encore. After Stocker's failed bunt attempt, Erstad lofted
a Mike Stanton offering high into right field and just over
the fence to give the Angels a 9-8 lead. The Yankees went
1-2-3 in the bottom half and the Angels won a game they twice
seemed sure to lose.
smoked that ball," Erstad said of his catch in the tenth.
"It was just one of those things. You just react and
let your ability take over."
it was ability, luck, grit or some combination of all three,
Erstad's 2000 season is arguably the greatest offensive (and
defensive) performance in franchise history. He batted .355
with 240 hits (No. 13 all-time), 121 runs scored, 39 doubles,
six triples, 25 home runs, 28 stolen bases and an unprecedented
100 RBI, all from the leadoff spot, the first player ever
to reach the century mark from the top of the order.
eighth in the A.L. MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award.
In a word,
Erstad in 2000 was incredible.
- Nov. 8, 2005: Colon awarded Cy Young
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
the dynamic runs of Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana in the '70s
and the marvelous Angels careers of guys like Mike Witt, Chuck
Finley, Mark Langston and Jim Abbott in the '80s and '90s,
it had been 41 years since Dean Chance took home the Angels
franchise's only Cy Young award in 1964.
had quite possibly their busiest off-season before the 2004
campaign, signing four of the most highly touted free agents,
including Jose Guillen and Kelvim Escobar, and top prizes,
Vladimir Guerrero and Bartolo Colon.
did not disappoint in 2004, taking home the American League
MVP award. A year later, after earning a league best 21 victories
against just 8 losses, Colon became the second Angel to win
a Cy Young award, easily beating out Yankee closer, Mariano
Rivera and Twins ace, Johan Santana.
the statistical dominance of Cy Young winners past - Colon
was eighth in the A.L. with a 3.48 ERA, tenth in complete
games, seventh in innings pitched and eighth in strikeouts
- it was Colon's consistency and ability to win that propelled
him to the A.L.'s top honor for pitchers in 2005.
a bad back and shoulder limited Colon to just 8 innings in
the 2005 ALDS, and kept him out of the ALCS altogether, his
2005 regular season will go down as one of the greatest in
- Trio of Hall of Fame moments
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
17, 1984: Reggie hits No. 500
Aug. 4, 1985: Carew collects No. 3,000
June 18, 1986: Sutton wins No. 300
consecutive seasons, one each year, Angels fans were treated
to a player reaching a Hall of Fame milestone while wearing
an Angels uniform. More impressively, each accomplished the
feat at Anaheim Stadium.
up was Reggie Jackson. The self-proclaimed "straw that
stirs the drink" arrived in Anaheim two years earlier,
signing as a free agent and bringing with him 425 home runs
in 14 previous seasons.
immediately delivered to his billing, whopping 39 home runs
in 1982 and helping the Angels clinch their second division
title. Jackson slumped badly in 1983, batting .194 and hitting
only 14 home runs. But he was now just 22 home runs shy of
waning days of the 1984 season, with the Angels in a pennant
chase with the Twins and Royals, Jackson's pursuit of No.
500 gave the season some additional drama. In the seventh
inning of a foggy Monday night game against the Royals, with
the Angels trailing, 7-0, Jackson connected, driving Bud Black's
first pitch deep over the right field fence. (It was one of
only three hits Black would allow the Angels on the night.)
first thought was, 'That's it,' " Jackson told reporters
after the game. "My second was, I wish we could be winning.
I wished it could've been a seven-run homer to tie the score."
run came 17 years to the day that Jackson hit his first homer,
as a member of the Kansas City Athletics against the Angels
at Anaheim Stadium in 1967.
would hit 123 of his 563 career homers for the Angels, none
more memorable than this one.
August, Rod Carew was also chasing baseball immortality. A
seven-time batting champion in 12 seasons with the Twins,
Carew came to the Angels in 1979 with 2,085 hits.
he was never a great run producer for the Angels as he had
been with the Twins, Carew could still bat .300 in his sleep
and his .339 average in 1983 was a team record that held up
for 17 years.
1985 season, and his career, wound down, Carew landed himself
in the exclusive 3,000-hit club. With his patented slap swing,
Carew lined No. 3,000 to left field off Minnesota Twins lefty
Frank Viola. Most Angels fans can vividly recall the image
of Carew reaching up to secure his helmet as he trotted to
first base under a bright Sunday afternoon sky.
threw me a tough pitch (a slider down and away)," Carew
said. "If I hadn't stayed with that pitch and taken it,
I would have been called out on a third strike. Fortunately,
I was able to get the bat on the ball and place it in left
retired following the 1985 season with 3,053 hits. His .314
average with the Angels is second only to Vladimir Guerrero's
Don Sutton, in the midst of his 21st Major League season,
was closing in on his own place in baseball history.
during the Angels ultimately fruitless stretch run in 1985,
Sutton came to Anaheim having already won 293 games. He won
two more in 1985 and entered the 1986 season five shy of the
On a Wednesday
night against the visiting Texas Rangers, sitting on 299 victories,
Sutton pitched like a man half his age. Through six innings,
he'd allowed only one hit and carried a three-hitter (one
run) into the ninth.
37,000 fans climbed to their feet as Sutton took the mound
for the ninth inning. He quickly retired Scott Fletcher and
Oddibe McDowell on flyouts. In a fitting finale, Sutton struck
out Gary Ward to end it. Sutton had pitched a complete game,
three-hitter to win his 300th game.
remarkable how time after time it's been proven how special
people do special things," manager Gene Mauch said. "I
imagine that Don is proud that No. 300 was this kind of game
rather than just another win."
won 15 games in 1986 and 11 in 1987 before finishing his career
back with the Dodgers in 1988, retiring with 324 victories.
was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1991, his first
year of eligibility. Jackson was enshrined in 1993, also his
first eligible year, and Sutton in 1998. And though none of
these players went in representing the Angels, their milestone
moments will forever be part of Angels lore.
- April 11, 1961: Big Klu leads Angels to first victory
Victor Varadi - AngelsWin.com Columnist
a great story. Gene Autry had purchased an expansion baseball
franchise, naming it the Los Angeles Angels. Then the reality
would have to field a team and then go out and compete. Without
free agency, the odds were against any team in that era being
able to start from scratch and compete. This is not the part
of the story where the young scrappy team goes on to win itself
a championship in its inaugural season - again, a great story,
but not part of the reality.
were the Angels expected to compete in the tough American
League, where the mighty Yankees and the M and M boys, Maris
and Mantle, were perennial favorites for the Word Series crown,
but their first game would be against the Baltimore Orioles,
a team that would contend every year until finally winning
it all in 1966.
were led by big Teddy Kluszewski, a .298 career hitter and
4-time All-Star who once cut off the sleeves of his uniform
to alleviate the restrictions on his large biceps as he took
rips with the bat. But Kluszewski, who had 3 times hit more
than 40 homers and 8 times batted at least .300, was at the
end of his career and had been so plagued by injuries that
he was left unprotected in the expansion draft. The Angels
made Big Klu their first baseman.
was true to form in the curtain lifter of what would turn
out to be is final season. In the first inning of the Angels
inaugural game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, Kluszewski
came to the plate with two outs and a young Albie Pearson
on first. The big lefthander hit a homer down the right field
line, quickly giving the Angels their first ever lead. But
Klu wasn't done. In the second inning, he came to the plate
again, this time with two men on, and hit a blast to deep
right field that put the Angels up 6-0. Bob Cerv would later
add a solo homer and the Angels went on to an easy 7-2 victory.
finished the game 2-for-4 with two home runs and 5 RBI. He
would finish the season batting .243 with 15 homeruns. The
1961 Angels won 70 games, the most ever by an expansion team
in its first year.
- 1993: Salmon named Rookie of the Year
Chuck Richter - AngelsWin.com Executive Editor
after putting some hurtin' on Pacific Coast League pitchers,
hitting .347 with 29 home runs, 105 RBI and a ridiculous 1.141
OPS for the Edmonton Trappers, the Kingfish headed upstream
to Anaheim and won a unanimous vote for the American League
Rookie of the Year Award in 1993 .
a notorious slow starter who holds the unique distinction
of having the most home runs of any player never selected
to an All-Star team, was no different during his rookie campaign
as he started the '93 season in the shadow of rookie sensation
J.T. Snow, who got off to a tremendous start. The second half
was always much kinder to Salmon, as it seemed that his bat
heated up with the weather and, boy, did he put a pounding
on the Texas Rangers.
not Snow, wound up winning the award, representing a first
for the California Angels. He batted .283 with 31 home runs
and 95 RBI, along with 35 doubles, 93 runs scored and a slugging
percentage of .536. He was also tied in A.L. outfield assists
with 12. Snow started the 1994 season in the minors after
struggling badly in the second half of Salmon's ROY campaign.
quickly became a favorite of the Angels organization and a
household name among the team's fans thereafter. Timmy played
a crucial role in the Angels' playoff and World Series run
in 2002, hitting two key home runs in Game 2 of the World
Series against the San Francisco Giants, a moment in Angels
history that fans will never forget.
Fish was hampered by injuries late in his career and was forced
to retire in 2006. Salmon played his final game on Oct. 1,
2006, against the Oakland Athletics. He is the Angels' all-time
leader in home runs (299), runs scored (983), walks (965)
and slugging percentage (.499). He finished his career second
in franchise history with 1,012 RBI, behind only Garret Anderson.
day, Tim Salmon remains the only Angels player that has won
a Rookie of the Year Award, though when Angels fans remember
him, it won't be just the stats, big home runs or awards that
they think of, but Tim Salmon the person. Tim Salmon was the
quintessential gentleman of the game of Baseball.
Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
1992 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America
* Named 1992 Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting
* Named 1993 AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers of
* Named 1993 AL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News
* Named 2002 AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting
* Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team in
1995 and 1997
* Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger
Team in 1995
* Member of the World Series Champion Anaheim Angels in 2002
* Hit 30 or more home runs in five seasons
* Compiled a lifetime .883 OPS
- July 15, 1973: Ryan throws second, most-dominant no-hitter
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
Ryan pitched far more than one man's fair share of dominant
games while wearing an Angels uniform, including all of those
games with 10 or more strikeouts, six one-hitters and, of
course, four no-hitters - none, perhaps, more dominating than
this game in Detroit.
to the day after tossing his first no-no in Kansas City, Ryan
again seemed up to the task from the get-go. He struck out
seven of the first 10 Tigers he faced, including fanning the
side in the second inning.
Pinson sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Angels an
early 1-0 lead, but it would be all Ryan would have to work
with for most of the game. On this day, it was plenty.
the side in the fourth and added two more strikeouts in the
fifth. In the seventh, he struck out the side again.
top of the eighth, the Angels erupted for five runs and the
drama over who would win the game was mostly gone. But by
this point, the focus had shifted to the zero in the Tigers'
hit column and the 16 in their strikeout column.
went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, the middle out coming
on Ryan's strikeout of shortstop Ed Brinkman. It was Ryan's
17th strikeout of the game, the highest total of any of his
no-hitters and one short of Bob Feller's American League record
at the time.
retiring Mickey Stanley on a groundout and Gates Brown on
a soft liner to start the ninth, Ryan needed only to get 15-year
veteran first baseman Norm Cash to seal the deal. Having struck
out in each of his previous three plate appearances, Cash
strode up to home plate carrying not his bat, but rather a
table leg he'd grabbed from the Tigers clubhouse.
immediately ordered Cash to return with a regulation bat,
an order to which he begrudgingly complied, telling the umpire
it wasn't as if it mattered anyway.
regular bat, Cash hit a harmless pop up to Angels shortstop
Rudy Meoli and Ryan completed the second no-hitter of his
was definitely a bigger thrill than the first one," Ryan
said after the game. "I had better stuff today and I
knew what a no-hitter meant. I was a little more nervous,
but I probably had as good as stuff today as I've had all
tamed the Tigers in 1973, finishing the season 4-0 with a
1.15 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 39 innings.
- April 19, 1966, Official Opening of Anaheim Stadium
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
Los Angeles Angels were born in 1961, home was a more transient
notion than a place for them to call their own.
their inaugural season at tiny Wrigley Field, a former minor
league ballpark ill suited for Major League play with its
345-foot power alleys and paltry 20,457 seating capacity.
The next year, the Angels moved into newly constructed Dodger
Stadium, or Chavez Ravine as the American Leaguers called
it, where they appeared as sub lessees who got to use the
field while the "real" tenants were away.
needed their own home.
ensuing years, Angels owner Gene Autry was courted by many
southland cities, including a strong wooing from Long Beach,
but eventually settled on Anaheim, which offered a 160-acre
parcel near the intersection of three freeways. Ground was
broken Aug. 31, 1964, on the $24 million facility, and 19
months later it was ready for the Angels to move in.
stadium featured 43,204 seats and outfield dimensions derived
from a scientific study intended to insure offensive balance.
But the real calling card was the $1 million "Big A"
scoreboard in left field. At 230 feet, it was the tallest
structure in Orange County at the time and featured a state-of-the-art
video display that could not only show fans the score and
lineups, but also lead cheers and highlight statistical milestones.
hosted the San Francisco Giants for a pre-season exhibition
at their new stadium on April 9, 1966, during which Willie
Mays hit the "unofficial" first home run in Anaheim
later, the stadium officially opened Major League play, with
Tommy John and the White Sox facing off against Marcelino
Lopez and the Angels. Outfielder Rick Reichardt connected
for a solo home run, the stadium's first, in the second inning,
giving the Angels a lead they'd hold until the sixth. But
the Sox tied it on a Tommie Agee solo homer in the sixth and
took the lead with two in the eighth to hand the Angels a
3-1 defeat in their home opener. Jim Fregosi's first inning
double was the stadium's first hit.
notched their first Anaheim home victory the next night, defeating
the White Sox, 4-3, in 11 innings.
location and facility were both a hit with fans. The Angels
drew only 566,727 fans during the 1965 season at Chavez Ravine,
but nearly tripled that figure to 1.4 million their first
year in Anaheim.
that first season, the venue has hosted the 1967, 1989 and
2010 MLB All-Star Game and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
It has also witnessed Hall of Fame achievements such as Don
Sutton's 300th victory, Rod Carew's and George Brett's 3,000th
hits, and Reggie Jackson's 500th home run. While tenants in
Anaheim/Edison Field/Angel Stadium, the Angels have won eight
division titles and one World Series Championship.
- June 2, 2004: Guerrero's monster night
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
was the "Year of Vlad," then June 2 was Independence
Day, Christmas morning and New Years Eve all rolled into one.
Vladimir Guerrero won the 2004 American League MVP in large
part due to his monstrous performances down the stretch, but
there was no better day for Bad Vlad than the one he gave
the Angels against the Boston Red Sox in early June.
Sox ace and future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez on the mound,
runs would certainly seem to be at a premium. Unfortunately
for Pete and the Sox, no one told Vladdy, who torched Boston,
driving in nine runs, a Angels franchise record at the time,
to lead the Angels to a 10-7 victory.
got started early, hitting a two-run homer to left field in
score knotted, 2-2, in the bottom of the third, Guerrero stepped
to the plate with two men on and laced a double into left,
scoring both Chone Figgins and David Eckstein.
7-4, in the fourth inning, Guerrero came up with the bases
loaded and lined a ball sharply to Red Sox right fielder Kevin
Millar. Bengie Molina scored on the sacrifice fly. It was
Boston 7, Guerrero 5.
Angels still trailing in the bottom of the sixth inning by
the same 7-5 score, Guerrero once again entered the batter's
box, this time with two men on, and ripped a Mike Timlin offering
just over the green wall in left center field. Guerrero's
three-run shot and second home run of the game gave the Angels
an 8-7 lead. Guerrero had driven in all eight Angels runs.
later, after an Eckstein hit-and-run double into right center
field scored Bengie Molina from first base - one of the game's
other miraculous events - Figgins singled, setting the table
for Guerrero to drive in his team-record ninth RBI of the
game. Guerrero delivered with a sharp single just out of the
reach of Boston shortstop Pokie Reese to push Eckstein home
for the fourth time in the game.
As a fan
in attendance at the Big A that night, I can honestly say
it was the single greatest performance I'd ever seen on a
baseball field. I was glad to share the moment with my father
from the right field terrace section.
later in the list, we'll feature the man who broke Guerrero's
- May 17, 1989: Rookie Abbott bests Clemens
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
draft pick arrived with more notoriety and instantaneous fan
support than Jim Abbott. Even before the team made the lefthander
its first-round pick (No. 8 overall) in the June 1988 amateur
draft, Abbott was already known outside of strictly baseball
circles. And when he led the 1988 U.S. Olympic team to the
gold medal at the Summer Games in Seoul, Korea, he became
a household name.
on the baseball field, of course, lent to Abbott's celebrity,
but not as much as the fact he accomplished all of them without
a right hand. Born with a genetic defect, Abbott overcame
his disability and became an inspiration to thousands of children
and adults living with disabilities around the world.
the 1988 draft and Olympics, Abbott arrived at Angels spring
training in Palm Springs, Calif., having never thrown a pitch
as a professional. There was some question entering camp as
to where Abbott, 26-8 in three years at the University of
Michigan, would begin the season: in the minor leagues or
in the Angels rotation?
Angels broke camp, they took Abbott with them to Anaheim,
making him the 15th player to make his professional debut
in the Major Leagues. Abbott lost his first start, 7-0, April
8 at home to future teammate Mark Langston and the Seattle
Mariners. He earned his first victory April 24 at home against
the Baltimore Orioles.
into his May 17 match up in Anaheim with two-time Cy Young
Award winner Roger Clemens, Abbott had experienced mixed results,
entering with a 2-3 record and 4.50 ERA. Had the Angels misjudged
the lefty's preparedness for big league hitters? Did he need
more seasoning in the minor leagues?
answered both questions with a resounding "No."
Sox went down in order in the first and Clemens retired Angels
leadoff hitter Claudell Washington on a strikeout to start
the Angels half. But then Johnny Ray and Devon White singled
and Wally Joyner drew a two-out walk to load the bases for
Chili Davis, who doubled down the left field line to clear
the bases. Catcher Lance Parrish followed with a blast to
deep left field, giving Abbott and the Angels a 5-0 first
began the third inning by issuing a walk to Brian Downing
and single to Joyner before being pulled for reliever Dennis
Lamp. The outing was the shortest of Clemens' career to that
on the other hand, was dominant. He got into a two-on, one-out
jam in the fourth, but Jim Rice lined into a double play to
end the inning. Only two Red Sox reached base the rest of
came out to pitch the ninth inning, the Anaheim Stadium crowd
of 31,230 stunned fans rose to its feet to cheer the rookie
on. Not only had the mighty Roger Clemens been rudely dispatched
in the third inning, but also the kid for whom everybody liked
so much to cheer was three outs from his first complete game
began with a Wade Boggs come backer that Abbott was unable
to field cleanly for an infield hit. The crowd briefly stirred,
wondering if the miscue would throw off Abbott's concentration.
Their fears were soon quelled, however, as Abbott used his
cut fastball to induce Marty Barrett into a 5-4-3 double play.
Ellis Burks grounded out to third, the crowd erupted. Abbott
(9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K) had the shutout, Clemens lost for the
first time at Anaheim Stadium and the Angels improved to 26-13
on the year. With the shutout, the Angels' ninth of the season,
Abbott lowered his ERA almost a full run to 3.56.
it was the best game of a rookie season that saw him post
a 12-12 record with a 3.92 ERA, good for fifth in A.L. Rookie
of the Year voting. The 21-year-old had proven he belonged
in the big leagues and would soon cement his status as a fan
favorite with his infectious smile, selfless personality,
inspirational attitude and, oh yeah, some pretty darn good
pitching in subsequent seasons with the Angels.
this fan, the night Abbott beat Clemens will always be one
of the greatest moments in Angels history.
- 1986: The Birth of Wally World
David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
Keith “Wally” Joyner started the season in 1986,
he had some big shoes to fill. Those shoes belonged to future
Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who retired at the conclusion of
the 1985 season. Wearing uniform No. 21, no one knew how the
baby-faced 23-year-old lefty would do.
9, Joyner hit his first home run off Seattle’s Mark
Langston in just his second game as a Major Leaguer. Angels
fans immediately embraced the rookie. Chants of “WAL-LY!
WAL-LY! WAL-LY!” broke out during every one of his at-bats.
Anaheim Stadium soon became known as “Wally World”
to the fans and media.
weeks, Joyner ruled the American League, slugging 16 home
runs by May 26. Joyner also had a knack for timely hitting
to go with his surprising power. He played spectacular defense
and had a wholesome, infectious smile.
became a national sensation, as he reached 20 home runs by
the All-Star break. He became the first rookie ever voted
as a starter in the All-Star Game. Joyner batted third for
the American League in 1986 and tied the Mets’ Darryl
Strawberry for the most home runs in the All-Star Home Run
finished up 1986 with a .290/.348/.457 line on the year with
22 home runs and 100 RBI. A staph infection, suffered in early
August, sapped his strength for the rest of the season. The
illness required Joyner to be hospitalized after Game 3 of
the American League Championship Series and he missed the
rest of the series. In one of the more controversial Rookie
of the Year votes, Joyner finished second to Jose Canseco.
Joyner had his best year, posting a .285/.366/.528 line with
34 home runs and 117 RBI. He became the ninth player in Major
League history to have back-to-back 100 RBI seasons at the
start of his career.
the 1992 season, Joyner signed as a free agent with the Kansas
City Royals. He played for four years with the Royals before
they traded him to the San Diego Padres. After four years
in San Diego, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. Finally,
in 2001, he returned to the Angels, where he retired on June
Angel, Joyner ranks ninth in RBI, 10th in doubles, 11th in
at-bats, 12th in hits, batting average and home runs, and
13th in slugging percentage and runs scored. Defensively,
amongst all Angels first basemen, he ranks first in total
chances, put outs, assists and double plays, and had a career
.994 fielding percentage.
Stadium has had many names over the years, but none have been
as fun as the time when it was called “Wally World”
and echoed with chants of “WAL-LY! WAL-LY! WAL-LY!”