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!
Southpaw Clyde Wright first got his shot in 1966, the very season after he had been drafted. In June, Wright debuted against Harmon Killebrew and the AL-defending champion Minneosta Twins and won, going the distance and surrendering just one run. For the first four years of his MLB career, he was used in both starting and relief.
That all changed in 1970, when Wright made an eye-popping 39 (!) starts and throwing 260.2 innings to the tune of a 2.83 ERA, enough to qualify him for an All-Star appearance and sixth place in the annual Cy Young voting. The catapult? The addition of a screwball, developed and perfected playing winter ball in Puerto Rico for Jim Fregosi. The workhorse cemented himself as a mainstay in the Angels’ rotation for the next several years, with 148 starts in just four seasons as an Angels full-time starter.
Manager turmoil and back issues eventually hampered Wright’s place with the club, and Wright was traded in a 10-player deal to the Brewers following the 1973 season.