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1967 California Angels season

1967 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Anaheim Stadium (since 1966)
  • Anaheim, California (since 1966)
  • 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

    Regular season

    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

    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

    Season standings

    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

    Roster

    1967 California Angels
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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

    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

    Starting pitchers

    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

    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

    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

    AL All-Stars

    Gold Glove Award

    Farm system

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