Prior to the first game played by each of the new teams, a draft was held the year before for the new teams to attempt to put together a roster of players for the next season. The rules for the availability of players changed slightly from 1962 to 1998, but what was common was the opportunity for the new teams to decide which players they could use from the existing teams in MLB. Over a series of 14 posts, I will review the expansion drafts of each of these newer 14 teams. Included are trades made following the draft and which players were taken first overall. Without further due, here is a recap of the 1960 expansion draft of the Los Angeles Angels.
The draft was the first of its kind, so it was set up that each expansion team would have to take a minimum of 10 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 4 outfielders. They were only allowed to take from other American League teams, with a minimum of 7 players from each of the existing 8 teams. Each team would make 28 selections, at a cost of $75,000 for each player drafted. In addition, both the Senators and Los Angeles Angels had an option of taking one non roster player for each of the prior eight AL franchises for a cost of $25,000 each.
The Angels had the first ever pick of the first ever expansion draft. They selected RHP Eli Grba from the New York Yankees. They followed that up by taking Yankees pitcher Duke Maas (3rd overall). Rounding out their selections that were pitchers in the first ten picks, the Angels selected Jerry Casale from the Boston Red Sox (5th), Tex Clevenger from the Minnesota Twins (7th), Detroit Tigers pitchers Bob Sprout (9th) and Aubrey Gatewook (11th), Ken McBride from the Chicago White Sox (13th), Kansas City Athletics RHP Ned Garver (15th), Ron Moeller from the Baltimore Orioles (17th) and Bob Davis from the Athletics (19th).
The two catchers the team took were Ed Sadowski from the Red Sox (21st) and Buck Rodgers from the Tigers (23rd). To attempt to form an infield, Los Angeles took 3B Eddie Yost from the Tigers (25th), 2B Ken Aspromonte from the Cleveland Indians (27th), SS Ken Hamlin from the Athletics (29th), Indians 3B Gene Leek (31st), Red Sox SS Jim Fregosi (33rd) and Yankees 1B Bob Cerv (35th). Outfielders the Angels selected were Yankees OF Ken Hunt (37th), Jim McAnany from the White Sox (39th), Earl Averill from the White Sox (41st) and Faye Throneberry from the Twins (43rd). The six remaining picks from the first phase of the draft netted the LA Angels 1B Ted Kluszewski (45th), Orioles infielder Don Ross (47th), Twins 1B Julio Becquer (49th), pitchers Dean Chance from the Orioles (51st) and Fred Newman from the Red Sox (53rd) and Indians catcher Red Wilson (55th). The Angels concluded the draft by taking 1B Steve Bilko from the Tigers (57th) and OF Albie Pearson from the Orioles (59th). The following is the LA Angels entire expansion draft (in case you missed any selections.
1Eli GrbaPNew York Yankees
3Duke MaasPNew York Yankees
5Jerry CasalePBoston Red Sox
7Tex ClevengerPMinnesota Twins
9Bob SproutPDetroit Tigers
11Aubrey GatewoodPDetroit Tigers
13Ken McBridePChicago White Sox
15Ned GarverPKansas City Athletics
17Ron MoellerPBaltimore Orioles
19Bob DavisPKansas City Athletics
21Ed SadowskiCBoston Red Sox
23Buck RodgersCDetroit Tigers
25Eddie Yost3BDetroit Tigers
27Ken Aspromonte2BCleveland Indians
29Ken HamlinSSKansas City Athletics
31Gene Leek3BCleveland Indians
33Jim FregosiSSBoston Red Sox
35Bob Cerv1B-OFNew York Yankees
37Ken HuntOFNew York Yankees
39Jim McAnanyOFChicago White Sox
41Earl AverillOF-CChicago White Sox
43Faye ThroneberryOFMinnesota Twins
45Ted Kluszewski1BChicago White Sox
47Don RossIFBaltimore Orioles
49Julio Becquer1BMinnesota Twins
51Dean ChancePBaltimore Orioles
53Fred NewmanPBoston Red Sox
55Red WilsonCCleveland Indians
57Steve Bilko1BDetroit Tigers
59Albie PearsonOFBaltimore Orioles
Prior to the start of the season, the Angels traded McAnany to the Chicago Cubs for OF Lou Johnson. During the season, Cerv and Clevenger were traded to the Yankees for OF Lee Thomas, RHP Ryne Duren and Johnny James. The Angels would sign free agent SS Fritz Bickell. The following was the team's opening day starting lineup in their first ever game.
1. Eddie Yost3B
2. Ken Aspromonte2B
3. Albie PearsonRF
4. Ted Kluszewski1B
5. Bob CervLF
6. Ken HuntCF
7. Fritz BrickellSS
8. Del RiceC
9. Eli GrbaP
Under new manager Bill Rigney, the Angels managed to outperform not only the Senators expansion team, but the woeful Athletics as well. They finished 70-91, in 8th place in the American League, just 1/2 game behind the Twins.