Angels All-Time Lists

Los Angeles Angels best moments that didn’t make the top 10.

By David Rice
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: The All-Star Game logo is displayed on the field before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: The All-Star Game logo is displayed on the field before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 2: Garret Anderson #16 of the Anaheim Angels celebrates after defeating the Oakland Athletics to win the Western Division Title at the Network Associates Coliseum on October 2, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Angeles won 5-4. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 2: Garret Anderson #16 of the Anaheim Angels celebrates after defeating the Oakland Athletics to win the Western Division Title at the Network Associates Coliseum on October 2, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Angeles won 5-4. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

September 25, 1979 – Angels clinch first division title 4-1 victory over Royals.

The California Angels took the field on this September night hoping to do something special which they had never done in club history.  Frank Tanana was on the mound for the Angels and he pitched a complete game 4-1 victory.

The Angels scored three runs in the second inning to give Tanana some cushion.  Tanana took it from there only giving up one run in nine innings. The game ended with a ground out to Carew and the fans came pouring out on the field to help the Angels celebrate their first AL Western Division title.

The Angels would end up playing their first home playoff game 11 days later and it would be a good one as well with the Angels winning in dramatic fashion.  This AL West title would be the first of nine division titles the Angels would win, but they would have to wait 23 more years to advance to their first World Series which would be dramatic within itself.

However, you never forget your first time and for the Angels and their fans 1979 will always be remembered for this special moment.

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