Slick fielding Jim Spencer. He was the 11th overall pick in the very first MLB draft in 1965. Debuted with the Angels just 3 years later at age 21. In retrospect, he was probably rushed to the majors too soon. Did hit 18 HR's at age 23, but then struggled and a year an half later was traded to Texas for Bill Singer. Spencer would win 2 Gold Gloves in his career.....7 years apart! (1970 and 1977). Had his best season by far in a platoon role with the Yankees in 1979. 23 hr's and a .288/.367/.593 line in just over 300 AB's!
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Little Luis Polonia. Those 14 year-olds will get you in trouble every time in Milwaukee!
Notice the hairstyle that Luis dubbed the "El Polonia".
Polonia hit an inside-the-park grand slam when Yankee OFer Jesse Barfield came in for a shoestring catch...and missed....on August 14, 1990, at Angel Stadium. Pretty sure it is the only inside-the-park grand slam ever hit by an Angel player. Think I saw somewhere that there have only been 9 or 10 hit in all the major leagues since 1950. Pretty rare.
Your up halosfan1....and nice to see you back on the board!!
Shot-in-the-dark......Ed Ott....acquired mid-season 1981 for Jason Thompson.
Ott was a free agent after the '81 season and actually signed a new contract with the Halos...but never played for them again. Injury I'm sure but i don't recall any specifics....seems that while Ott was an ANgel I recall him being an a couple of home plate collisions and maybe a fight....memory of him being thought of as a "tough guy"....in a good sense.
Pretty funny, i had the right trade...but the wrong guy.
Jason Thompson...the man traded for Ed Ott.
Acquired from from the Tigers in May 1980 for Al Cowens. Thompson played just the 1980 season for the Halos. He was then traded just before the season started in 1981....to the Pirates for Ed Ott and Mickey Mahler.
Thompson went to school out here in the Inland Empire (Apple Valley) and played in college for Cal St. Northridge.
Nicknamed "Rooftop" in Detroit for his ability to hit balls onto the RF roof at old Tiger Stadium.
Career year in 1982 for the Pirates- .242/.396/.502 with 31 dingers. Drove in 101 runs. That same year, Rod Carew manned 1b for the Halos and had a limp 59 rbi's. Just sayin'.