Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Learning Geography with Los Angeles / California Angels Scorecards

This 1963 Los Angeles Angels Scorebook shows the geographic disadvantage that the Angels had in their early years as the only American League team on the West Coast:

Unlike the Dodgers and Giants who played each other in the NL, the Angels were by themselves out West in the AL, and had to travel across at least half of the country each time they played a road game.

While the Angels were waiting for their stadium to be completed in Anaheim, they shared Dodger Stadium with the Dodgers, but referred to the stadium as Chavez Ravine as seen on the program.

By the late 1960s with the A's moving to Oakland in 1968 and the addition of the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots in 1969, travel improved for the Angels in terms of having a few teams located closer to them as this 1969 Angels program shows:

Once again the Angles scorecard features a map, this time showing the teams in the newly created American League West Division.

The map design was also used on the Angels 1969 Media Guide,

with the main difference being the Media Guide used the older version of the Angels lettering

while the program features the new lettering with the lower case "a" and a halo:


The Angels In Order said...

Those programs are beauties. But why do you think that Oregon is shown on the map?

Anonymous said...

To show the geographical distance between the mariners and Angels

Unknown said...

There were 5 programs put out that year and on the average the previous and following years.