Los Angeles Angels Baseball Tickets

The Los Angeles Angels are one of the newer teams in the MLB. The team itself originated indepently of the MLB in 1892, and it stayed as a minor league affiliate of the MLB in the Pacific Coast League until 1961. The team is steeped in history and traditions stemming from its earlier years. In recent times, the Angels have become a major force to contend with and won their first World Series Championship in 2002. They have many rivalries with a variety of other teams, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. If you want to see a team with a lot of tradition and history in its lineup, come out and see the Angels.

Early years in the MLB
The Angels joined the MLB in in 1961 alongside the Washington Senators. They were owned by the “Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry. They had a number of ups and downs in their first years of play in the league, one of the highlights including a winning year in just their second season. A few of their major early stars was Nolan Ryan, for whom they traded six-time All-Star Jim Fregosi. Ryan pitched four of his record seven career no-hitters for the Angels, and helped the Angels make the playoffs in 1979, 1982 and 1986. 

2000s and beyond
The Angels got off to a great start with their first World Series Championship in 2002. They played against the San Francisco Giants. Four of those contests were decided by a single run, so just about every game was nail-biting from the beginning to the end.  They went on to win division titles in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 

Traditions and songs
The Angels have a mantra known as “Win One for the Cowboy,” which refers to the Angels’ founder and owner, Gene Autry, who never saw his team win a World Series for the entire 38 years he owned them. Every game at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, nicknamed “The Big A,” begins with the song “Calling All Angels” by Train. “Spirit in the Sky” plays during the team’s starting lineup announcements. Fans of the Angels will also sometimes sing “Build Me Up, Buttercup” by the Foundations during the seventh inning stretch. Other songs sung during or after the game include “Light That Baby Up!”

The Angels are one of the most well-liked teams in the MLB. They are second of all in the MLB in terms of attendance, right behind the New York Yankees. ESPN has ranked the team as the 4th best sports franchise as of 2015. For many fans of the Angels, one of their most memorable moments in pop culture was the remake of “Angels in the Outfield” in 1994. The remake did very well, spawning two seasons and grossing $502 million domestically through the box office. The original movie was based on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Disney, the company which distributed the film, had a minority stake in the Angels at the time.