Wednesday, April 7, 2010

1961 Wrigley Field

2010 Topps Heritage

Wrigley Field was the first home of the 1961 Expansion Los Angeles Angels. The field was built in 1925 by William Wrigley Jr, who owned the original Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels as well as the Chicago Cubs. The PCL Angels used the stadium for 33 seasons from 1925 to 1957 when the team and stadium were sold to Walter O'Malley and the Brooklyn Dodgers who would soon move into town. This meant the end for the PCL Angels who were forced to relocate, becoming the Spokane Indians. It's interesting that the new Los Angeles Dodgers would adopt the interlocking "LA" cap logo of the recently evicted Angels, but change the color to Dodger Blue and white.

The newly awarded franchise Angels decided to use Wrigley as their home field for their inaugural season 1961 while they awaited the completion of Chavez Ravine (the name for shared Dodger Stadium when the Angels played there). It would be their only season at Wrigley. Wrigley Field was demolished in 1966 and is now the site of a recreation facility called Gilbert Lindsay Park.
The field was bounded by Avalon Boulevard (east), 41st Street (north), 42nd Place (south), and San Pedro Street (west).

Field dimensions
Left Field - 340 ft
Left Center Field - 345 ft
Center Field - 412 ft
Right Center Field - 345 ft
Right Field - 339 ft
Backstop - 56 ft

Los Angeles Angels Wrigley Field Firsts:

MLB Game
Twins 4, Angels 2

Charlie Berry, Joe Linsalata, Frank Umont, Bob Stewart

Bill Rigney, Angels
Cookie Lavagetto, Twins

Starting Pitchers
Eli Grba, Angels
Camilo Pascual, Twins

Ceremonial Pitch
Hall of Famer Ty Cobb
National Anthem
Tony Martin

1961 Angels Wrigley Field ticket

Zoilo Versalles Twins (pop out)

Lenny Green Twins (single)

Steve Bilko Angels

Earl Averill Angels

Lenny Green Twins

Don Mincher Angels

Home Run
Earl Averill Angels

Stolen Base
Zoilo Versalles Twins

Camilo Pascual Twins

Eli Grba Angels

Ray Moore Twins

Early 60's Los Angeles Angels pennant

1 comment:

  1. I can remember as a kid the Angels at Wrigley Field. They represented a TRUE team from Los Angeles, and not the hand-me-down teams from Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Their uniforms were classy and the ownership with Gene Autry made up for the small confines at Wrigley. I can remember Bud Blatner, Don Wells and Bob Kelly calling the games on KMPC radio. Today I am very glad that Arte Marino has brought back the name of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Today they are so similar to what the late Gene Autry would have created. Where have you gone Bob Cerv, Earl Averill, Steve Bilko, Klu and Eli Grba?

    M.A. Wilson