Seeing Angels ( In My Mailbox)!

Posted January 5th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Bobby Winkles, Nolan Ryan
All the Topps facsimile
signatures say “Bob.” Yet,
the gifted glove man
graces fans with a “Bobby”
for most TTM replies!

When Bobby Hoeft told about conducting a Baseball Chapel that included the 1970s California Angels, I knew the first team of 2012 that I’d be contacting.

When I received such pleasant reports about Nolan Ryan from former skipper Bobby Winkles, it made me think of a different crew of Angels. Not the many free agents that owner Gene Autry gambled on, but the supporting cast of the 1960s now overshadowed by California’s lavish contracts. Think of the 2012 roster. No matter how successful other players are, they’ll all face the initial question of “What’s Albert Pujols really like?”

Here’s 10 overlooked Angels I remembered. I chose to remember them again with a letter. They include:

Earl Averill Jr.
Bob Duliba
Bobby Knoop
Don Lee
Gene Leek
Dan Osinski
Rick Reichardt
George Thomas
Lee Thomas
Gordie Windhorn

Coming Friday: Amazing memories from Louis Clarizio, white Negro Leaguer!

One Response to “Seeing Angels ( In My Mailbox)!”

  1. RJ says:

    I’m fairly confident you’ll get a nice reply from Reichardt. He was part of the 50th Anniversary celebration for the franchise and appeared at the stadium to sign autographs. When he was about to sign my card he checked to make sure I really wanted him to sign my 1966 Topps Angel team card since he thought it was worth more unsigned. Maybe in dollars, but it meant more personally for him to sign the card.

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