1967 California Angels season

1967 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
General manager(s) Fred Haney
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTLA
Local radio KMPC
(Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Steve Bailey)
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The 1967 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 84 wins and 77 losses, 7½ games behind the AL Champion Boston Red Sox.


Regular season

The 1967 Angels broke from the past, trading their ace pitcher and 1964 Cy Young Award winner Dean Chance to the Twins. In exchange, they obtained power hitting first baseman Don Mincher. Mincher would be their first legitimate consistent power threat since Leon Wagner was traded after the 1963 season. The Angels also obtained outfielder Jimmie Hall, who had averaged 25 home runs per season for the Twins from 1963–66. The Angels counted on young pitchers Jim McGlothlin and Rickey Clark to pick up the slack for the departed Chance.

The 1967 Angels had the second best record in franchise history to date and ranked a franchise best to date 4th in the American League in attendance. Mincher chipped in 25 homers and Hall added 16 in 129 games. Former bonus baby Rick Reichardt finally started showing promise by batting .265 with 17 homers, while shortstop Jim Fregosi had another solid season, batting .290 and earning a Gold Glove. Second baseman Bobby Knoop also won a Gold Glove, and the Angels led the league in fielding percentage. The pitching staff was led by McGlothlin, who was named to the AL All-Star team, along with Clark and hard luck veteran George Brunet, who lost 19 games despite a 3.31 ERA. Relief pitcher Minnie Rojas had a remarkable season, with a league-leading 27 saves, winning 12 games in relief, and sporting a 2.52 ERA.

Season summary

The Angels, coming off an 80–82 record in 1966, started slowly. On May 31, they were 18–27 and 10 games out of first place. At that point, they began to jell, and after going 20–11 in June and 17–11 in July, they found themselves at 55–49. While this put them in fifth place, they only 4½ games out of first in what had become a five-team race between the Angels, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and the surprising Boston Red Sox.

On August 13, the Angels completed a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox. They were now only 1½ games out of first as they embarked on a crucial road trip that included stops in Minnesota and Boston. The Angels lost 3 games to the Twins, and 3 games in Boston (in one of which Boston's Tony Conigliaro was severely beaned and almost killed by the Angels' Jack Hamilton). When they returned home, they Angels lost 3 out of 4 to the Tigers, and they entered September only 1 game over .500 and 8 games out of first.

They played well in September, going 17–11 to finish 84–77, but never got closer than 6 games out of first. However, they had a big influence on the tight American League pennant race as they beat the Tigers in Detroit in the last game of the season, enabling the Red Sox to win the pennant by 1 game.

Opening Day lineup

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 9270 0.568 49–32 43–38
Detroit Tigers 9171 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Minnesota Twins 9171 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Chicago White Sox 8973 0.549 3 49–33 40–40
California Angels 8477 0.522 53–30 31–47
Washington Senators 7685 0.472 15½ 40–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 7685 0.472 15½ 35–42 41–43
Cleveland Indians 7587 0.463 17 36–45 39–42
New York Yankees 7290 0.444 20 43–38 29–52
Kansas City Athletics 6299 0.385 29½ 37–44 25–55

Record vs. opponents

1967 American League Records

Baltimore 10–86–117–119–93–1510–88–1013–510–8
Boston 8–1010–88–1013–511–712–67–1112–611–7
California 11–68–107–1114–48–1014–47–119–96–12
Chicago 11–710–811–712–68–108–109–912–68–10
Cleveland 9–95–134–146–128–1011–710–89–913–5
Detroit 15–37–1110–810–810–812–68–10–110–89–9
Kansas City 8–106–124–1410–87–116–128–107–116–11
Minnesota 10–811–711–79–98–1010–8–110–812–6–110–8
New York 5–136–129–96–129–98–1011–76–12–112–6
Washington 8–107–1112–610–85–139–911–68–106–12

Notable transactions


1967 California Angels
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1BDon Mincher147487133.2732576
2BBobby Knoop159511125.245938
SSJim Fregosi151590171.290596
LFRick Reichardt146498132.2651769
CFJosé Cardenal10838190.236627
RFJimmie Hall129401100.2491655

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Woodie Held5814131.220417
Aurelio Rodríguez2913031.23818
Bill Skowron6212327.220110
Len Gabrielson11121.08302
Moose Stubing550.00000
Jimmy Piersall530.00000


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
George Brunet4025011193.31165
Rickey Clark3217412112.5984
Jim McGlothlin32197.112112.5984
Jack Hamilton26119.1963.2474
Jorge Rubio315023.604
Marcelino López49029.006

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Sanford1248.1324.4721
Curt Simmons1434.2212.6013
Jim Weaver1330.1302.6720
Fred Newman36.1101.420

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Minnie Rojas72129272.5283
Bill Kelso6953112.9791
Pete Cimino463313.2680
Jim Coates251204.3039
Lew Burdette191014.918
Ken Turner131204.156
Bobby Locke93022.337

Awards and honors

AL All-Stars

Gold Glove Award

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Seattle Angels Pacific Coast League Chuck Tanner
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Rocky Bridges
A San Jose Bees California League Harry Dunlop
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Fred Koenig
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Tom Sommers



  1. 1 2 3 Jim Piersall at Baseball Reference
  2. Ramón Hernández at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 Chris Krug at Baseball Reference
  4. Pete Cimino page at Baseball-Reference
  5. Norm Siebern at Baseball Reference
  6. Bill Skowron at Baseball Reference
  7. Woodie Held at Baseball Reference
  8. Jim Weaver at Baseball Reference


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