Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tickets

The Anaheim Angels, better known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, are a professional baseball team that competes in the Major League Baseball (MLB) as part of the American League. The Angels play their home games at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. This franchise was established as an expansion team in 1961 by Gene Autry, who was the team’s first owner as well. Since then, the team has had its fair share of ups and downs, but has been a successful venture by and large. The team has several high-profile fans, including the likes of Kobe Bryant. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Anaheim Angels tickets get sold out and the venues for their games get filled up quickly.

History of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Starting out in the 1960s, the Angels finished the 1961 season with a 70-91 record. The initial games were played at the Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, before the team moved to the Dodger Stadium in 1962. After staying there till 1965, the team finally moved into their current home – the Anaheim Stadium.

The 1970s were all about the legacy of Nolan Ryan – the man who still rules the hearts of many Anaheim fans. By 1975, Ryan set a Major League record by getting his fourth career no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles.  It wasn’t until 1979 that the Angels got their 1st Division Title.

In the 1985, Rod Carew collected his 3,000th hit, that too against his previous team, the Minnesota Twins. Reggie Jackson got his 500th home run and in 1986, the Angels won the American League West, finishing close to the ultimate goal of a World Series appearance.

1992 saw the retirement of one of the team favorites, Nolan Ryan. He has a 138-121 record in his 291 games with the Angels. In 1995, Garret Anderson won the Player of the Month Award for July and became the first rookie to get this award since its inception. Within this decade, the Angels opened a brand new Edison International Field in front of 43,311 fans. In 2000, a new Angels’ record was set by Troy Glaus, the third baseman, with 47 home runs.

In the 2000s, Mike Scioscia took over the managing position at the team and ended up bringing the club to an 82-80 record, which was a 12-game improvement. Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson continued to be big point winners for the team offensively. After a slow start in 2002, the Angels eventually picked up their game and got to the AL Wild Card with a 99-63 record. Garret Anderson was the hitting star all season – he ended up finishing with 29 homers and 123 RBIs. Troy Glaus also delivered big for the team during this time and was named the World Series MVP for his offensive contributions.

The very next year after the Angels’ big win, they crashed, finishing eight games below. They got back into the game in 2004 as the injured players started getting back on track. But lost in the American League Division Series to the would-be World Series champions Boston Red Sox. In 2005, the team won the American League West for the second year.

The years 2006 and 2007 also saw strong performances from the team. 2008 was a stellar year for the team as they set a club record of 100 wins, finishing 21 games ahead of second-place Texas in the AL West Division. However, the season came to a frustrating end for the Angels as they lost again to the Red Sox. The year 2009 took off to a sad start as the much-adored club executive, Preston Gomez passed away in January. What made matters even more sad was the death of the rookie pitcher, Nick Adenhart, in a car accident, hours after he finished his innings on April 8th. It wasn’t until mid-June that the team started getting back in shape.

At the start of the 2010s, the Angels were in a good position, being the champions of the American League West for three consecutive seasons. However, hard times were right around the corner with injuries to several major players.

The next few years saw several ups and downs by the team but nonetheless, the Angels showed a very strong form, setting records and winning player awards in nearly every other season. With the 2017 season still underway, fans of the team are purchasing Anaheim Angels tickets in large numbers. With the strong form of the team, this season is expected to bring some amazing results.