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Once They Were Angels Hardcover – March 1, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582611637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582611631
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rob Goldman is a native Californian with ties to the Los Angeles Angels going back more than three decades. Those ties include stints as a team batboy in the mid-1970's and as a visiting clubhouse attendant. He played baseball at Mendocino College and graduated with a bachelor´s degree in Theater Arts from Sonoma State (1988). He has acted in several films, including "Dances With Wolves," "JFK," and "Overboard;" and is the co-writer of the NBA-TV documentary "Skywalker: The David Thompson Story." This is his first book. Goldman resides in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Whether you're an Angels fans or just a baseball junky like me, you'll love reading this book.
T. Baker
This book covers the history of the Angels from the earliest days at Wrigley Field in West Los Angeles to the world championship team of 2002 and beyond.
James Atkins
I found this book in the middle of nowhere at Barnes & Noble and I am SO glad that I found it.
Gary Commins

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. Hannah on June 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Goldman at the annual PCL Reunion show last month and purchased this book for a friend who is a lifelong Angels fan. As I looked over the book that weekend, my only regret was not buying a signed copy for myself.

This is one outstanding book and a must-have if you're an Angels fan. The anecdotes and interviews from former Angels past and present are all here and include names such as Bo Belinsky, Dean Chance, Jim Fregosi, Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, etc. All in all, this is one helluva great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on October 1, 2007
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This is a wonderful book; staring with the beginning and going all they way through till the present day. The forward is written by Nolan Ryan; my favorite Player of all time; I have such vivid memories of Ryan on the Angels, from His 4th No Hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on June 1st 1975 angels 1 Baltimore 0), which I listened to on a bright and sunny Saturday on KMPC 710 AM in cali with Dick Enburg and Don Drysdale announcing; to his near no hitters, to all the strikeouts, to the 79 Playoff game; what great excitement. I was so sorry to see the Angels make a big mistake and let him go to Houston. I also enjoyed the introduction; where Goldman talks to Leroy Stanton. What memories this all brings back. I have been an Angels fan for a long long time and the first game that I got to go to was early in the 1975 season, It was against the White Sox and Leroy Stanton Hit a Walk off game Winning Home run in the 10th and the (California) Angel's won 4-3. I can still remember the starting line up that day some of whom were; Dave Chalk, Joe Lahoud, Jerry Remy (Rem-dog), John Balaz, Rudy Maeoli, Elli Rodriguez, Mickey Rivers, Morris Nettles, Dick Lange and Tommy Harper. What Winsome and Wonderful memories. The Book is centered around 10 interviews with 10 great Angles players; Rod Carew, Jim Fregosi, Don Baylor, Nolan Ryan, Dean Chance, Albie Pearson, Alex Johnson, Reggie Jackson, and Jim Abbott; and about there individual Angels teams the personality's on those teams on and off the filed. Goodman covers there whole History from the beginnings to today and he does it though the players, coaches, and fans eyes. He really centers on there character and what Characters some of them were and are. Some of this history I know, but I am leaning so much I did not know and am grateful for the education.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Baker on April 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is like no other baseball book I've ever read in my life. Whether you're an Angels fans or just a baseball junky like me, you'll love reading this book. It's written from the point of view of some of the greatest players of the game and will give you unique insights about what it was really like to be a member of the Angels - from the club's expansion year until they became world champions in 2002. I read this book over a weekend and was really impressed by Mr. Goldman's excellent writing and the specific, never before told details about each player's special contributions to the game and to life. If you're a fan of baseball, how can you NOT be interested in knowing more than the usual 15 second soundbites on Sportscenter about Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson or Nolan Ryan? If you're looking at buying a baseball book stop your search right now and pick up a copy of Once They Were Angels. It's a must read for true fans of America's pastime. You'll love it, just like I did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Atkins on September 17, 2006
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This book covers the history of the Angels from the earliest days at Wrigley Field in West Los Angeles to the world championship team of 2002 and beyond. Lots of memories, not just from the main interviews with Angel greats like Carew, Abbott and Fregosi, but with the lesser known players that make the history really come alive. If you like the Angels, this book is a definite must. Reading this brought back a lot of memories of sitting in the cheap seats ($2.00 general admission!) for the '79 division championship. Jimmie Reese will never die!!
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By Halos in DE on May 15, 2010
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Goldman interviews 10 former Angels and uses that as a background for the Angels history. So you do get all 46 years of Angels history (goes up to 2006). Some players you have heard of (Rod Carew), others maybe (Bo Belinksy), and others not (Albie Peterson). Generally a quick ready with excellent insight.

One of the big things that bothered me was interchangeable usage of years (like free agency started after the 1976 season and free agency started in 1977). There was not much insight to others than the 10 players, but that is not the point of the book. If you want that read Newmans's book about the Angels. Ron actually did a small followup to this book with the new Tim Salmon book.
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