Extraordinary Book

“Thank you so much for putting together this extraordinary book,” Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones says to author Gaylon White in wrapping up their 16-minute conversation about White’s book, The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels.

: Steve Bilko broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949. In 1953, he batted .251 with 21 homers and 84 RBI’s. (Author’s collection)

Steve Bilko broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949. In 1953, he batted .251 with 21 homers and 84 RBI’s. (Author’s collection)

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With no major league teams west of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1956, the Pacific Coast League (PCL) was “our own major league,” the Los Angeles-born White tells Dr. Alvin. He goes on to explain that the majors today consist of six teams in five Coast League cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle.

White traces the career of Steve Bilko, star of the ’56 Angels, from his hometown of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, to St. Louis, where he broke in with the Cardinals in 1949, to his arrival in Los Angeles in 1955. He walloped 148 home runs for the Angels over the next three seasons.

Bilko had no business being in L.A., White says, citing the slugger’s 21 homers and 84 runs batted in with the Cardinals in 1953, his first full season in the majors. Bilko was traded to the Cubs in 1954 where he languished on the bench most of the year.

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