It’s certainly not Angels that makes this team name more of a clunker than an old Ford Pinto but rather the litany of words surrounding it.
All together, a name that consists of five words, three more than the majority of most teams.
Part of me thinks more names in sports should be like the Angels. For instance, the Phoenix Coyotes of Glendale, the Detroit Pistons of Auburn Hills, or the New York Giants of New Jersey.
Here’s the funny thing, when the Angels were founded in 1961, they were known simply as the Los Angeles Angels but, then again, they actually played in the city of L.A.
When owner Gene Autry moved the team to Anaheim in 1966, he changed their name to the California Angels, which they would go by for the next 31 years, until 1997, when the team was bought by the Disney Corp. and major renovations were undertaken on the Angels’ home ballpark.
Per the city of Anaheim donating thirty million dollars towards the stadium renovation and renegotiating the Angels lease, the team promised to include “Anaheim” in both the team’s name and the name of the ballpark.
The team was thus known as the Anaheim Angels until 2005, when new owner Arte Moreno wished to better tap into the L.A. market by including Los Angeles in the team’s name.
The only problem though was that he was still bound by the Angels’ 1997 agreement with the city of Anaheim, leading to the monstrosity that is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The city cried foul, going as far as to take Moreno to court, but the name was eventually held up.
But here in the Court of Crappy Names, it’s a definite guilty verdict.