1979 California Angels season
|1979 California Angels|
|1979 AL West Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Buzzie Bavasi|
(Don Drysdale, Ron Fairly)
(Don Drysdale, Al Wisk)
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The 1979 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing first in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. They went on to lose to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 American League Championship Series, three games to one.
- December 4, 1978: Ron Jackson and Danny Goodwin were traded by the Angels to the Minnesota Twins for Dan Ford.
- January 9, 1979: 1979 Major League Baseball draft
- January 29, 1979: Bobby Jones was released by the Angels.
- February 3, 1979: Ken Landreaux, Dave Engle, Paul Hartzell, and Brad Havens were traded by the Angels to the Minnesota Twins for Rod Carew.
- March 27, 1979: Willie Davis was signed by the California Angels as a free agent.
|Kansas City Royals||85||77||0.525||3||46–35||39–42|
|Chicago White Sox||73||87||0.456||14||33–46||40–41|
Record vs. opponents
1979 American League Records
- April 19, 1979: Curt Brown was signed as an amateur free agent by the Angels.
- May 4, 1979: Dave Chalk was traded by the Angels to the Texas Rangers for Bert Campaneris.
- July 31, 1979: Terry Humphrey was released by the Angels.
|1979 California Angels|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Downing, BrianBrian Downing||148||509||166||.326||12||75|
|1B||Carew, RodRod Carew||110||409||130||.318||3||44|
|2B||Grich, BobbyBobby Grich||153||534||157||.294||30||101|
|3B||Lansford, CarneyCarney Lansford||157||654||188||.287||19||79|
|SS||Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris||85||239||56||.234||0||15|
|LF||Baylor, DonDon Baylor||162||628||186||.296||36||139|
|CF||Miller, RickRick Miller||120||427||125||.293||2||28|
|RF||Ford, DanDan Ford||142||569||165||.290||21||101|
|DH||Aikens, WillieWillie Aikens||116||379||106||.280||21||81|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Clark, BobbyBobby Clark||19||54||16||.296||1||5|
|Humphrey, TerryTerry Humphrey||9||17||1||.059||0||0|
|Ramírez, OrlandoOrlando Ramírez||13||12||0||.000||0||0|
|Harris, JohnJohn Harris||1||2||0||.000||0||0|
|Davis, WillieWillie Davis||43||56||14||.250||0||2|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan||34||223||16||14||3.60||223|
|Frost, DaveDave Frost||36||239||16||10||3.57||107|
|Aase, DonDon Aase||37||185.1||9||10||4.81||96|
|Barr, JimJim Barr||36||197||10||12||4.20||69|
|Tanana, FrankFrank Tanana||17||907||7||5||3.89||46|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Clear, MarkMark Clear||52||11||5||14||3.63||98|
|LaRoche, DaveDave LaRoche||53||7||11||10||5.17||59|
The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Angels, three games to one.
|1||California – 3, Baltimore – 6||October 3||Memorial Stadium||52,787|
|2||California – 8, Baltimore – 9||October 4||Memorial Stadium||52,108|
|3||Baltimore – 3, California – 4||October 5||Anaheim Stadium||43,199|
|4||Baltimore – 8, California – 0||October 6||Anaheim Stadium||43,199|
|AAA||Salt Lake City Gulls||Pacific Coast League||Jimy Williams|
|AA||El Paso Diablos||Texas League||Moose Stubing|
|A||Salinas Packers||California League||Chris Cannizzaro|
|Rookie||Idaho Falls Angels||Pioneer League||Reuben Rodriguez|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salt Lake City
- Dan Ford at Baseball-Reference
- Al Newman at Baseball-Reference
- Otis Nixon at Baseball-Reference
- Bobby Jones at Baseball-Reference
- Rod Carew at Baseball-Reference
- Willie Davis at Baseball-Reference
- Curt Brown at Baseball-Reference
- Bert Campaneris at Baseball-Reference
- Terry Humphrey at Baseball-Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.