If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know one project of mine has been to locate and reunite players from the Angels’ minor leagues in 1961, their inaugural season.
The Angels had two minor league teams that first year, the Triple-A Dallas-Ft. Worth Rangers and the Class D Statesville (NC) Owls.
After years of research, we finally reunited the Owls last September at the Angels’ minor league complex in Tempe, Arizona. We weren’t strict about who attended, as many of the players went on to more advanced levels in the system and wanted to see friends who didn’t play in Statesville but did play in San Jose or Hawaii.
The Statesville Record & Landmark ran an article on November 15 about the reunion. It’s not on their web site, but former Owls outfielder Jerry Fox, who lives in Statesville, sent me a copy. Click here to look at the newspaper article. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the article.
I filmed much of the reunion, which included a visit to Tempe Diablo for fall instructional league, a reunion dinner, and a game at Chase Field between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Roland Hemond, the Angels’ original farm and scouting director, is now a Diamondbacks executive. You’ll see him at the dinner and leading the Chase Field tour. He brought us into the Padres’ broadcasting booth to meet Jerry Coleman.
Click here to watch the video. You need Windows Media Player and a broadband (cable modem, DSL) Internet connection to watch.
This is an abridged version of the full video I compiled for the alumni. A lot of it, obviously, was intended for private consumption. The abridged version will let you see everyone and sample what it was like.