The Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels have played almost 60 seasons of baseball. As the baseball world is suspended due to circumstances outside its control, it is time to look back at the history of this organization. There have been many talented players to put on the uniform, and we at Crashing the Pearly Gates wish to highlight the best who have ever represented the Angels. Without further ado, here we go!——————————————————————————————————
#64 – Dave Chalk
Chalk was a perfectly adequate everyday infielder for the Angels in the mid-1970s. From 1975-1977, Chalk was tied with Bobby Bonds for the best fWAR (6.8) among position players. In this three-year peak with the Angels, Chalk was basically a league-average player, posting a 94 wRC+ at the plate and 7 Total Zone Runs in the field. Chalk’s best year came in 1975, when he was worth 3.5 WAR and posted a career-best 105 wRC+, the only time he finished as an above-average hitter in his career. He was rewarded with his second straight All-Star appearance in 1975 after making it as a reserve in the 1974 game (despite replacement-level production). As a whole, Chalk was worth 8.1 WAR in 732 games with the Angels.
In a period of time where the Angels possessed two of baseball’s best arms (Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana) but little in the way of position player talent, Chalk was a welcomed and reliable player. He wasn’t flashy nor was he elite at any point in his Angels tenure but he was a solid, everyday player.