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  • Series: Essential: Everything You Need to Know to be a Real Fan
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572439432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572439436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"Ryan's the only guy to put fear in me. Not because he can get you out, but because he can kill you."

--Reggie Jackson on facing Nolan Ryan "Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter, once said `It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well, Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned." --former Angels owner Gene Autry

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From the days of the Singing Cowboy (Gene Autry), who in 1960 purchased an American League franchise to play baseball in the suburbs of rapidly growing Los Angeles, to their recent World Series and divisional titles, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been one of the most entertaining and popular teams in baseball. Their loyal and devoted fan base, developed in the early days when the team still shared Dodger Stadium with their crosstown rivals, stayed with them through years of frustration and has been rewarded with their 21st-century success. And now everything any real fan could possibly want to know about them is in Angels Essential, a fun, fact-filled reference guide that tells the complete story of this beloved ballclub.

Superstars like Nolan Ryan and colorful characters like Bo Belinsky dot the team's history, as do other names synonymous with greatness, like Vladimir Guerrero, Don Baylor, Jim Fregosi, Bartolo Colon, Rod Carew, and Troy Glaus. Milestone achievements, like Reggie Jackson's 500th home run and Mike Witt's perfect game, are part of that history as well. Angels Essential relives the pennant races, the triumphs, and the failures and introduces readers to the heroes, goats, villains, and flakes who have contributed to the history of this organization.

Whether you are a serious fan in search of previously undiscovered information or a casual fan looking to upgrade your status, Angels Essential gives you more of what you crave and serves it up on a most appetizing platter. There's trivia, special Top 10 lists, "what if" scenarios, and much more, all contained in the compelling story of a team and a franchise that in less than 50 years has established itself as one of the best in baseball.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Kim on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is somewhat annoying for many reasons. I will start with the compliments. The research is first rate and when it comes to topic like Nolan or Bo, it really goes far and beyond your expectations (which is good).

The problem is as a new fan, the book really fails to capture the "essentials" of the Angels. This book is more like one man remembering what the angels were like and the moments of history that was special to him. In short, it's really random and has very little real thought here and there and the statistics are quite lacking. The only things that has some pattern is the chronological order of events. It picks out a random player and focuses on him the entire time during that point in history and really neglects the organization and the team itself. This may have been a good book to read if you wanted to know from a sport's casters point of view of certain aspects of angel's history... but in no way shape or form is this book an "Angels Essential" as in a beginner's guide to the Angels and its colorful history. After reading the book, you pretty much still don't know jack about the team and the organization. Just some events and players here and there. I've seen much better books out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Williams on October 4, 2013
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Well-arranged, well-paced and well-researched. "Angels Essential" is an introduction to Angels' baseball seasoned with detailed re-creations of important games, baseball card-like sketches of key people, historical knowledge, apt quotations and some additional material. The book includes colorful comparisons like the observation that Edison Field in 2002 resembled a Nebraska Cornhuskers game or the description of Bo Belinsky's "lipstick red" Cadillac. I loved the Dave Distel quote, "Tanana, Ryan, and a lot of cryin'", and the list of the top ten baseball books. The highlights are here, presented in a crisp writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mauro Garza on December 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Angels are my favorite MLB team and always will be. I got my kindle touch this christmas and santa broght me the wrong cover for my kindle. He got me one for the regular cheap kindle. I asked my dad if we can go to Target and return it and get one RED.

That is one way I love the Angels. And there is a lot more reasons but I dont want to waist my energy on typing it after all I have done already.

Anyway, thanks for reading.
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