Monday, August 17, 2015
no. 442 - angels
Who is the man: The California Angels finished in third place in the AL West for the second straight year in 1970, but their record of 86-76 was 15 games better than their finish in 1969. In fact, the Angels' .531 winning percentage was their best since their second season of existence in 1962 and they wouldn't do as well again until 1978.
Can ya dig it: The Angels are posing in the outfield at Angel Stadium. You can see in the background one of the large light poles that stood next to the "Big A" scoreboard at the time.
Right on: Look! Bat boys! Nobody had to ask for their permission to appear in photos or anything.
You see that cat Phillips is a bad mother: The Angels of this period aren't easy to identify, but I'm guessing manager Lefty Phillips is the guy dead center in the second row with his head tilted to his right.
Shut your mouth: There are no numbers on the front of their jerseys, so I don't have a chance of IDing anyone in this photo.
No one understands him but his woman: The poor guy on the right gets only half of his body in the photo.
(A word about the back): This is the first of the nine team cards that we've seen so far that doesn't list "pennant winners" at the bottom. The Angels hadn't won a pennant at this point, so Topps just went with yearly standings.