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Don Baylor put the Angels on the major league map

Don Baylor put the Angels on the major league map

The Angels never really became a major league team until Don Baylor showed up.

They were born in Los Angeles, shared Dodger Stadium for four years, then moved to Anaheim and renamed themselves the California Angels in trying to escape the Dodgers’ shadow.

The scoreboard is what it is, even if you move 30 miles down the 5 Freeway. In their first decade in Anaheim Stadium, they regularly struggled to draw a million fans, even after Nolan Ryan arrived and each one of his starts brought the tantalizing possibility of a no-hitter.

The Dodgers landed in Southern California in 1958. From then until the time Baylor signed with the Angels after the 1976 season, the Dodgers had...

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