3 greatest LA Angels catchers of all-time

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Bob Boone
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No. 1 greatest LA Angels catcher of all-time: Bob Boone

Bob Boone was a standout catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, appearing in the postseason with them in the late 1970’s, when the LA Angels picked him up when he was 34 years old. 

Age wasn’t a factor. Boone led the LA Angels to division titles in 1982 and 1986; winning a Gold Glove award in both seasons. He also won Gold Glove awards in three straight years from 1987, 1988 and 1989. 

Boone caught Mike Witt’s perfect game on the final day of the 1984 season. 

Boone has caught the most games in LA Angels history with 968. He was a clutch hitter in the postseason. In 1982 and 1986 he hit a combined .368. 

The LA Angels have had some fine players behind the plate. 

Brian Downing deserves to be mentioned. He caught for the LA Angels mostly in 1978 and 1979, but is remembered mostly as an outfielder. 

Mike Napoli and Lance Parrish were also outstanding offensive players, but didn’t catch as many games as the three listed above. A franchise that's been around a long time, the Angels certainly have their share of special ballplayers behind the plate.