Wednesday, December 23, 2009

1976 Topps #304 - California Angels

  • The 1976 California Angels were a very mediocre lot. They had only one player in double figures in home runs (Barry Bonds with 10) and he played in only 99 games. Dick Williams managed the club to a 39-57 record before being dismissed. Norm Sherry managed the Angels for the remainder of the season and was 37-29.
  • Dick Williams was a no-nonsense manager who was disliked by many of his players but usually got results. He is in the Hall of Fame as a manager. He managed six teams in his career. He didn't have success with the Angels. They finished 6th in the AL West in 1974 and 1975 and 4th in 1976. Williams took three of the six teams he managed to the World Series -- Boston (1967), Oakland (1972 and 1973), and San Diego (1984). He also got the Montreal Expos to the playoffs in 1981.
  • Record: 76-86 (4th in AL West, 14 games behind Kansas City)
  • Attendance: 1,006,774 (8th of 12 in AL)
  • Team Batting: .235 (12th in AL)
  • Team Home Runs: 63 (12th in AL)
  • Team ERA: 3.36 (5th in AL)
  • Team Fielding: .977 (8th in AL)
  • AL All Stars: Frank Tanana (P)

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