Jim Fregosi, a six-time Angels All-Star, had his jersey retired in 1998. He appeared with the Angels from 1961-71 as a player and then managed the club from June 1, 1978 through May 28, 1981. Fregosi guided the club to an 87-75 finish in 1978 and a second place tie prior to the memorable 1979 season when the Angels captured their first-ever Western Division title at 88-74. For his efforts, Fregosi was runner-up in balloting by the Associated Press for A.L. Manager of the Year. He finished with a 237-248 record managing the Angels (.489).
As a player, Fregosis career spanned 18 major league seasons during which he registered a .265 lifetime average. He was originally acquired by the Angels on Dec. 14, 1960 in the expansion draft from the Boston Red Sox.
Fregosi was also voted the Angels Owners Trophy three times and was a Gold Glove recipient in 1964.
Gene Autry was the owner of the Angels for 38 years. The Angels retired the number 26 in his honor as the team's 26th player in 1982. The Angels won three American League pennants under his watch as owner.
Carew was the 16th player in major league history to collect 3,000 hits (Aug. 4, 1985 vs. Minnesota). His jersey number 29 was retired in 1986 and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, July 21, 1991.
Carew appeared with the Angels from 1979-85. He was a member of Californias first two Western Division Championship teams in 1979 and 1982. His finest season was 1983, when he established a then club record for batting average at .339.
Ryan appeared with the Angels from 1972-79, compiling a 138-121 record and 3.06 ERA in 291 games. Ryan tossed four of his no-hitters with the Angels and holds or shares several club records, including career wins, complete games (156), shutouts (40) and strikeouts (2,416). In 1977, he was selected "A.L. Pitcher of the Year" by The Sporting News and named to its All-Star team. In 1973, Ryan established a major league record for strikeouts in a single season with 383. He was originally acquired by California, Dec. 10, 1971, along with pitcher Don Rose, outfielder Leroy Stanton and catcher Francisco Estrada in exchange for Jim Fregosi.
Reese, whose 23 years in an Angels uniform is second longest in club history (Bobby Knoop - 24), had his number 50 retired in 1995.
On March 30, 1972, Reese joined the California Angels coaching staff. During his 23 years, he built a reputation for being the most prolific fungo hitter in baseball. In 1989, Reese was selected by the late Commissioner Bart Giamatti to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 60th All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium. In 1992, he was named honorary captain of the American League All-Stars at the contest in San Diego. Jimmie Reese passed away on July 13, 1994 at the age of 92.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first Rookie of the Year ever. In 1997, Major League Commissioner Bud Selig retired Robinsons number 42 for all Major League teams. During the years in between, Robinson, a second baseman, changed the face of baseball. Robinson was the first black man play Major League baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In the 10 years that Robinson played for the Dodgers he took them to the World Series six times. During his career, Robinson hit 137 home runs, collected 197 steals, and had 734 RBI. In 1949, Jackie won the Most Valuable Player Award in the National League by hitting .342 with 124 RBI.
He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .311 and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson died on Oct. 24, 1974 but his legacy and impact lives on through the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the hearts of players and fans across the world.