A humorous, fascinating look at the lighter side of forty-one years of frustration followed by the excitement of 2002 World Series.
Award-winning sportswriter Steve Bisheff reminds us of those colorful days with The Cowboy, Gene Autry and the struggles under the ownership of the Walt Disney Company, as well as the curses, hexes and tragedies that haunted the Angels for so long.
Bisheff contrasts zany personalities such as Bo Belinsky, Dean Chance, Albie Pearson, and Reggie Jackson with the remarkable, but non-superstar bunch managed by Mike Scioscia that finally won the World Series, including Troy Glaus, David Eckstein, Tim Salmon, and Troy Percival. In this newly-revised edition of Tales from the Angels Dugout,
Bisheff updates what has happened in the years since that great championship season, including the arrival of such notables as owner Arte Moreno, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols and of course, phenom Mike Trout.
About the Author
Steve Bisheff has covered the Southern California sports scene for more than fifty years. He has been a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the San Diego Tribune, and spent twenty-four years as an award-winning columnist with the Orange County Register. He is the author of seven books, including the critically-acclaimed John Wooden: An American Treasure and Always Compete, a profile of Pete Carroll's successful years at USC.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "Win One for the Cowboy" 1
Chapter 2 The Other Fantasy Season 9
Chapter 3 The Wrong Chemistry 19
Chapter 4 The Right Chemistry 31
Chapter 5 Of Curses, Hexes, and Tragedies 41
Chapter 6 Great Players and Colorful Characters 49
Chapter 7 Everyman's Team 67
The Choreographer 69
The Throwback 74
The Good Soldier 79
The Pest 84
The Series MVP 89
The Last Angry Closer 94
The Pure Hitter 99
The New Ace 104
The Rockin' First Baseman 109
The Sudden Hero 114
The Phenom 119
The Role Players 124
Chapter 8 The Surreal Postseason 129
Chapter 9 The American League Division Series: What Yankee Mystique? 131
Chapter 10 The American League Championship Series: A Twins Killing 139
Chapter 11 The World Series: And The Fantasy Lives 147
Chapter 12 Meeting of the Minds 159
Chapter 13 The All-Time Angels 165