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  • Mar 30, 1942
    Having already extended a contract to Jim Reeves to play baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals send a letter to Reeves, urging him to remain in high school and help his coach achieve a Texas state championship
    Oct 29, 1956
    Charley Pride pitches four innings of shutout ball, as the Negro League All-Stars beat the Major League All-Stars, including Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, 4-2
    Oct 26, 1960
    The American League votes to place a baseball team in Los Angeles. Within weeks, the franchise is awarded to country music legend/western actor Gene Autry, who calls it the Angels
    Dec 7, 1960
    Gene Autry is approved by the American League as the owner of a new Southern California baseball team, which he names the Angels. Autry pays $2.45 million to establish the franchise
    Dec 8, 1960
    A day after he started the Angels baseball team, singer/actor Gene Autry signs his first player, 38-year-old catcher Del Rice, at St. Louis' Park Plaza Hotel
    Dec 12, 1960
    Country legend Gene Autry names Bill Rigney the first manager of his new baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels
    Mar 12, 1961
    After giving him a two-week tryout, Gene Autry's expansion Los Angeles Angels drop hopeful baseball player Charley Pride during spring training in Palm Springs
    Apr 11, 1961
    The fledgling Los Angeles Angels, owned by cowboy singer Gene Autry, play their first regular season baseball game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Angels defeat the Orioles, 7-2
    Apr 27, 1961
    The city of Los Angeles issues a resolution offering "the first cheer" for the Los Angeles Angels, newly formed by Gene Autry
    Jun 1, 1961
    Tex Ritter throws a party for the Los Angeles Dodgers at his home in Toluca Lake, California. The guests include first baseman Gil Hodges and pitchers Don Drysdale and Ron Perranoski

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