Fritz Brickell, the Little Rabbit

“Brickell bounds around like a little rabbit, grabbing everything in sight and getting the ball away with amazing speed.” Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. At just 5ft 5in or thereabouts, Fritz Brickell was a player who was short in height, playedContinue reading “Fritz Brickell, the Little Rabbit”

Twice an Angel, ‘Stout’ Steve Bilko

Bobby Grich recalled his days as a young fan of the Pacific Coast League Angels and said that Bilko “was our Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams all rolled into one.” Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. A native of Nanticoke, PennsylvaniaContinue reading “Twice an Angel, ‘Stout’ Steve Bilko”

Ken Hunt – Strongest Arm in the Majors?

Left unprotected by the Yankees Hunt found himself available for the expansion draft and, whilst working for a Minnesota radio station as a newsreader, he read that he had been selected by the Angels for the 1961 season. Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage ofContinue reading “Ken Hunt – Strongest Arm in the Majors?”

Albie Pearson, A Little Angel

“Dear Mr. Haney,” the letter read, “I know you’re forming a new ball club and I can be had for peanuts… Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. At just 5ft5” or thereabouts, the diminutive native of Alhambra, California, was often reported toContinue reading “Albie Pearson, A Little Angel”

Johnny James, the First Angels ‘Victim’

James tried to break off a sharp curve one night at Wrigley Field and heard a bone in his arm crack. INCREDIBLY, his arm had been broken making the pitch and his career was over. Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. AContinue reading “Johnny James, the First Angels ‘Victim’”

‘Mad Dog’ Lee Thomas

Known as ‘Mad Dog’ due to an incident on the Rio Hondo Golf Course that resulted in a three wood being launched into a tree… Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. Lee Thomas, a first baseman and outfielder of Illinois, was tradedContinue reading “‘Mad Dog’ Lee Thomas”

Ted ‘Big Klu’ Kluszewski

The left handed first baseman of Polish-American ancestry arrived in Los Angeles at the tail end of a career that had sparkled with regular National League All Star appearances. Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. Angels fans who are not familiar withContinue reading “Ted ‘Big Klu’ Kluszewski”

The Fallen Angel, Eli Grba

Gene Autry, keen to add proven talent and well known prospects to his new franchise, took the recommendation of Yankees manager Casey Stengel. Grba fit the mould perfectly, becoming the Angels’ first choice in the draft. Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels.Continue reading “The Fallen Angel, Eli Grba”

Leon Wagner, the First Angels Slugger

On one occasion, whilst on the road, he was reportedly warned by a gun carrying opposition supporter not to catch the next ball hit in his direction. Out of understandable fear for his life he intentionally dropped that next catching opportunity. Angels Over the Pond founder, Editor and features writer, Matt Thomas, writes on theContinue reading “Leon Wagner, the First Angels Slugger”