1967 California Angels season

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1967 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTLA
Local radio KMPC
(Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Steve Bailey)
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The 1967 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 84 wins and 77 losses, 7½ games behind the AL Champion Boston Red Sox.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The 1967 Angels broke from the past, trading their ace pitcher and 1964 Cy Young Award winner Dean Chance to the Twins. In exchange, they obtained power hitting first baseman Don Mincher. Mincher would be their first legitimate consistent power threat since Leon Wagner was traded after the 1963 season. The Angels also obtained outfielder Jimmie Hall, who had averaged 25 home runs per season for the Twins from 1963-66. The Angels counted on young pitchers Jim McGlothlin and Rickey Clark to pick up the slack for the departed Chance.

The 1967 Angels had the second best record in franchise history to date and ranked a franchise best to date 4th in the American League in attendance. Mincher chipped in 25 homers and Hall added 16 in 129 games. Former bonus baby Rick Reichardt finally started showing promise by batting .265 with 17 homers, while shortstop Jim Fregosi had another solid season, batting .290 and earning a Gold Glove. Second baseman Bobby Knoop also won a Gold Glove, and the Angels led the league in fielding percentage. The pitching staff was led by McGlothlin, who was named to the AL All-Star team, along with Clark and hard luck veteran George Brunet, who lost 19 games despite a 3.31 ERA. Relief pitcher Minnie Rojas had a remarkable season, with a league-leading 27 saves, winning 12 games in relief, and sporting a 2.52 ERA.

Season summary[edit]

The Angels, coming off an 80-82 record in 1966, started slowly. On May 31, they were 18-27 and 10 games out of first place. At that point, they began to jell, and after going 20-11 in June and 17-11 in July, they found themselves at 55-49. While this put them in fifth place, they only 4½ games out of first in what had become a five-team race between the Angels, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and the surprising Boston Red Sox.

On August 13, the Angels completed a 3 game sweep of the Red Sox. They were now only 1½ games out of first as they embarked on a crucial road trip that included stops in Minnesota and Boston. The Angels lost 3 games to the Twins, and 3 games in Boston (in one of which Boston's Tony Conigliaro was severely beaned and almost killed by the Angels' Jack Hamilton). When they returned home, they Angels lost 3 out of 4 to the Tigers, and they entered September only 1 game over .500 and 8 games out of first.

They played well in September, going 17-11 to finish 84-77, but never got closer than 6 games out of first. However, they had a big influence on the tight American League pennant race as they beat the Tigers in Detroit in the last game of the season, enabling the Red Sox to win the pennant by 1 game.

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568
Detroit Tigers 91 71 .562 1
Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 1
Chicago White Sox 89 73 .549 3
California Angels 84 77 .522
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 15½
Washington Senators 76 85 .472 15½
Cleveland Indians 75 87 .463 17
New York Yankees 72 90 .444 20
Kansas City Athletics 62 99 .385 29½

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1967 California Angels
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Mincher, DonDon Mincher 147 487 133 .273 25 76
2B Knoop, BobbyBobby Knoop 159 511 125 .245 9 38
SS Fregosi, JimJim Fregosi 151 590 171 .290 5 96
LF Reichardt, RickRick Reichardt 146 498 132 .265 17 69
CF Cardenal, JoséJosé Cardenal 108 381 90 .236 6 27
RF Hall, JimmieJimmie Hall 129 401 100 .249 16 55

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Held, WoodieWoodie Held 58 141 31 .220 4 17
Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 29 130 31 .238 1 8
Skowron, BillBill Skowron 62 123 27 .220 1 10
Gabrielson, LenLen Gabrielson 11 12 1 .083 0 2
Stubing, MooseMoose Stubing 5 5 0 .000 0 0
Piersall, JimmyJimmy Piersall 5 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 40 250 11 19 3.31 165
Clark, RickeyRickey Clark 32 174 12 11 2.59 84
McGlothlin, JimJim McGlothlin 32 197.1 12 11 2.59 84
Hamilton, JackJack Hamilton 26 119.1 9 6 3.24 74
Rubio, JorgeJorge Rubio 3 15 0 2 3.60 4
López, MarcelinoMarcelino López 4 9 0 2 9.00 6

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sanford, JackJack Sanford 12 48.1 3 2 4.47 21
Simmons, CurtCurt Simmons 14 34.2 2 1 2.60 13
Weaver, JimJim Weaver 13 30.1 3 0 2.67 20
Newman, FredFred Newman 3 6.1 1 0 1.42 0

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rojas, MinnieMinnie Rojas 72 12 9 27 2.52 83
Kelso, BillBill Kelso 69 5 3 11 2.97 91
Cimino, PetePete Cimino 46 3 3 1 3.26 80
Coates, JimJim Coates 25 1 2 0 4.30 39
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 19 1 0 1 4.91 8
Turner, KenKen Turner 13 1 2 0 4.15 6
Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 9 3 0 2 2.33 7

Awards and honors[edit]

AL All-Stars

Gold Glove Award

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Seattle Angels Pacific Coast League Chuck Tanner
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Rocky Bridges
A San Jose Bees California League Harry Dunlop
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Fred Koenig
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Tom Sommers

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Jose

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