Angels fans can go to bed tonight with a whole new attitude. The last time the sun set on the Angels team without a losing record was April 16, 1961. Winning the first game in franchise history in Baltimore, the Angels then headed to Boston where they lost to the Red Sox 3-0, on Saturday April 15th. My how times have changed, there were only 7,165 paid in attendance for the game at Fenway Park. The loss evened that Angels’ record at 1-1, and remained that way until Monday the 17th of April when the Sox again beat the Angels, this time 3-2 and dropped the Halos below the .500 mark for the first time. The losing streak would reach seven before the next win came at home against the Minnesota Twins.
The Angels inaugural campaign had to be considered a success, with 70 wins, they finished ahead of the other expansion team the Washington Senators and the established Kansas City A’s. But even with sporadic success over the years the team never was able to get back to the .500 mark until tonight when the win over the Toronto Blue Jays gave the Angels a combined regular season record of 4,272-4,272-3. Their post season record is upside down at 27 – 34 but October is beckoning and who knows what might happen.