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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Games
Consistently ranked as one of the biggest cities by population in the United States, Los Angeles has a huge sport following. All five major league sports teams have a strong presence in the area, so there is a team and a sport for everyone. When it comes to Major League Baseball (MLB), it is no exception. The Los Angeles metropolitan area has two professional MLB teams: the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers. To learn more about the Angels and what sets them apart in the ocean of L.A. sports, keep reading.
Established in 1961, the Los Angeles Angels are an ingrained part of MLB. They were one of the first two expansion teams in MLB. The expansion teams were actually chosen by singing cowboy actor Gene Autry, who was the Angels’ first owner. Gene was inspired by the name of L.A.’s minor league team, which existed from 1903-1957. Interestingly, the team cycled through a number of names – California Angels (1965-1996 and Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) – before returning to the original name in 2005.
In terms of competition, the Angels have had some of the top honors in MLB. The Los Angeles Angels compete in the American League (AL) West Division. Their successes include the World Series title (2002), AL Pennant (2002), West Division titles (1979, 1982, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014), and Wild Card Berths (2002).
The Angels clearly have an admirable record in Western MLB, which sets them up for some prime rivalries. However, they have a surprisingly large number of rivalries outside of their division. These include the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Oakland Athletics. Their rivalry with the Texas Rangers is longstanding. It seems like many of their matches are well matched, which leads to palpable competition. Former teammates compete against one another. In addition, the teams have pitched perfect games against one another (1984, 1994). The Los Angeles Dodgers are a convenient rival, competing in the Freeway Series. Their close proximity has been known to split fans, leading to a strong rivalry on the field and in the stands.
To see the Angels play, go to Angel Stadium. It is in Anaheim, California, which is part of Orange County and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The modern-style park originally opened in 1966 and has ushered in a number of notable moments in sports, since it is one of the oldest baseball parks in the country. See it for yourself by taking in a Los Angeles Angels game on their home field.