Monthly Archives: October 2013

All Screwed Up

The Los Angeles Angels were a farm club of the Chicago Cubs but based on their performance in 1956, you could make a strong case that the Angels belonged in the big leagues and Cubs in the minors.  The Angels dominated the Pacific Coast League (PCL) – the highest of the minor leagues in the […]

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Sing One for the Cowboy Catcher

On opening day of the Los Angeles Angels’ 1956 season Joe Hannah caught both games of a day-night doubleheader and became the father of a baby boy – Lon.  The season concluded with Joe singing and strumming “Empty Saddles in the Oat Bin” as part of an impromptu show the Angels players staged for fans. […]

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The Ballpark That Got No Respect

It was the first ballpark to be named Wrigley Field but, if remembered at all, it’s usually as “the other Wrigley Field.” That’s fitting because the original Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was always overshadowed by the one in Chicago. The L.A. Wrigley was called the “finest baseball park in the universe” when it was opened […]

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Opposites Attract

The teammates were a study in black and white. Steve Bilko was a burly, beer-chugging big bopper; Bob Coats was a slender, milk-drinking singles slapper. Bilko looked like a middle linebacker, the bespectacled Coats a high school principal. The differences were even reflected in their nicknames: Stout Steve and Coatsie. According to one writer, Coats […]

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