Former Angels minor league hitting instructor Joe Gordon was elected today to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame)
As discussed in my November 30 blog, Gordon was hired in 1962 as what would today be known as a roving hitting instructor; his title back then was “organizational batting instructor.” He would report to the major league camp in Palm Springs, then head over to minor league camp in Anaheim once that opened.
A review of the Angels Media Guides in my collection show that Gordon was with the Angels through 1968. In 1969, he became the manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals. No doubt he was brought along by Cedric Tallis, the Angels’ vice-president of operations who was hired as the Royals’ first general manager.
Gordon also scouted for the Angels; the Guides back then actually listed the home addresses for the scouts! Gordon’s was 4136 Hancock Drive, “Sacramento 21,” California. (The “21” being the precursor to zip codes.)
Gordon died in Sacramento in April 1978 at age 63.