The expansion Los Angeles Angels shock the sporting world in 1962 by claiming first place on July 4th and by contending for the pennant deep into the season. More
The 1962 Angels were a team filled with a wide variety of vivid characters who played far beyond anyone’s expectations and nearly pulled off one of the miracles of modern baseball. They were a second year expansion team full of “rejects and has beens” who had no business chasing the Maris and Mantle Yankees for the pennant, yet there they were, in first place on the fourth of July. In September, still in the thick of things, manager Bill Rigney said excitedly to a reporter, “If we win this thing, they might have to cancel the World Series because they’ll never be able to find all of my players after the pennant celebration!”
Join an ESPN Sweetspot Network staff writer for Halos Daily, Jeff Mays, as he takes you through a wild 1962 season that saw the team hobnobbing with the likes of President Eisenhower, Marylin Monroe, Groucho Marx, Walter Winchell, and J. Edgar Hoover, a season in which the Angels had their first no-hitter, their first All-Star Game MVP, a mid-season run in with the police, and an end of the season scandal that required an intervention from the commissioner of baseball!
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