Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1963 Season Recap

The Angels rounded out 1963 with 70-91 record, good for 9th in American League.
Their attendance at Chavez Ravine was 821,015 (6th of 10).
Leon Wagner led the team with 26 HR and 90 RBI. Jim Fregosi led the league in triples with 12 and as did Albie Pearson's .304 batting average and 92 walks. Ken McBride and Dean Chance each won 13 games, with Chance getting 18 loses, most in the American League, but had an ERA of 3.19 with 168 strikeouts. Julio Navaro was team leader in saves with 12.
Other Angels that ended up American League leaders included Felix Torres who grounded into 20 double plays, as he did the year before with 19; and Ken McBride with 36 starts and 251 innings pitched.

Del Bates signed as an amateur free agent.
Art Fowler signed as a free agent.
Dave Marshall signed as an amateur free agent.
Chuck Tanner released.

March 14, 1963 Sold Ryne Duren to Philadelphia Phillies.
March 25, 1963 Sold Leo Burke to St. Louis Cardinals.
Returned Gordie Richardson to St. Louis Cardinals.
March 29, 1963 Traded Jacke Davis to San Francisco Giants in exchange for Charlie Dees.
April 5, 1963 Traded Bob Botz to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named later; Los Angeles Angels received Bob Duliba (April 8, 1963).
May 15, 1963 Lost Bobby Darwin to Baltimore Orioles on first-year waivers.
May 16, 1963 Purchased Bob Perry from San Francisco Giants.
May 26, 1963 Hank Foiles signed as a free agent.
June 15, 1963 Traded George Thomas and cash to Detroit Tigers in exchange for Paul Foytack and Frank Kostro.
June 28, 1963 Vic LaRose signed as an amateur free agent.
June 30, 1963 Jay Johnstone signed as an amateur free agent.
July 9, 1963 Sold Ron Moeller to Washington Senators.
July 24, 1963 Bob Turley released.
July 27, 1963 Jim Piersall signed as a free agent.
August 1, 1963 Received Bob Lee from Pittsburgh Pirates for future considerations.
September 12, 1963 Sold Ken Hunt to Washington Senators.
September 20, 1963 Jim Piersall released.
October 11, 1963 Purchased Leo Marentette from Detroit Tigers.
October 14, 1963 Hank Foiles released. Tom Morgan released.
December 2, 1963 Major League Draft:
Selected Bill Kelso from Los Angeles Dodgers.
Selected Bobby Knoop from Milwaukee Braves.
First-Year Draft:
Selected Charlie Vinson from New York Yankees.

Traded Leon Wagner to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Barry Latman and a player to
be named later; Los Angeles Angels received Joe Adcock (December 6, 1963).

Rockey Bridges ended his tenure as an Angels coach.

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