Angel Angles – April 15, 1965

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April 15, 1965

* Three of baseball’s four expansion teams already have moved into new homes and the fourth will make it in 1966. That will be the Angels who are going to a brand-new big home in l’il Anaheim – little by comparison with the rest of the population map for major league baseball. Ask Mayor Odra Lawton Chandler of Anaheim what the city has to offer and he’s quick to say: “Progress, an orange grove setting and weather.” “Our population in Anaheim is about 150,000 persons. Individually, the average income is $7,000, but the average family take-home pay is slightly above $10,000. Within a 50-mile radius of our city, there are 7 million persons and the new park will have easy access to three major expressways. One or two more will be added in the immediate future. During the seven years that we have had major league baseball in this area, there has been just one rainout.” (Editor’s note: The Los Angeles rainout total soared to two when the Angel’s home opener against Cleveland in Chavez Ravine was postponed, April 12, because of rain.)

* Angel pitching has been outstanding out of the gate: only one earned run in three games. Fred Newman set the tone with a two-hit shutout against Cleveland in the delayed opener April 13. Dean Chance continued his success from last season by outdueling Whitey Ford the following night. The Yankees finally scratched across the first earned run against the Halo’s staff in the ninth inning of the third game on a Clete Boyer RBI single off Marcelino Lopez. “He’s a cinch to win 15 games,” said pitching coach Marv Grissom after Lopez’s victorious effort against the Yankees.

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