Halo Trivia: Where did the Angels Spend Spring Training Originally?

By Mike Greyshock
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Mar 12, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) signs autographs before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Palm Springs

Original team Owner Gene Autry enjoyed a residence in Palm Springs and made it the spring time home of the Angels from the teams inception in 1961 until they moved to their current Tempe, Arizona location in 1993.

The playing fields were originally polo grounds until a stadium was built in 1949. When the Angels came into existence in 1961, Palm Springs was an ideal choice. Not only was it home to the teams owner, the weather was perfect and only a couple hours drive from their regular season home. This allowed players to still sleep in the same beds they would for the entire season. Fans too, who would attend games in Anaheim, could drive back and forth from home to watch a spring game in the same day. Not many fans of any club can do that these days when Florida and Arizona hold dominion over all teams.

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The big league club was not the only group to call it home. From 1986 until 1993 the class-A affiliate for the big club played in the heat of the Coachella Valley. Currently, it is home to the Palm Springs Power. A baseball club who recruits top collegiate talent to compete in early summer.

The Angels current spring home in Tempe offers fans a great venue to get up close to their favorite players in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the Big A. They will continue to spend early spring in Tempe at least until 2025 when their lease expires.

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