In the 60-year history of the team, just six numbers have been retired, and only half of those commemorate previous Angels players. A retired number will be held for players who have made a lasting impact on the history of the Angels club but have not yet been inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
In terms of retiring players, the organization has been exceedingly careful, only letting those go who had made a lasting impact on the franchise go.
Six numbers are commemorated on the team: No. 11 for Jim Fregosi, No. 29 for Rod Carew, No. 30 for Nolan Ryan, No. 42 for Jackie Robinson, No. 50 for veteran coach Jimmie Reese, and No. 26 for the previous owner Gene Autry, who is recognized as the 26th person on the team.

No. 11 Jim Fregosi

In the expansion draft, the Angels acquired Fregosi from the Red Sox as a 19-year-old outfielder. At age 19, he made his MLB debut and went on to win six All-Star selections and one Gold Glove Award during his 11 seasons with the Anaheim Angels.

No. 26 Gene Autry

In 1961, after the American League revealed intentions to bring an expansion club to the Los Angeles region, Autry became the franchise’s first owner.

No. 29 Rod Carew

With the next seven seasons, Carew was an All-Star six times in a row for the Anaheim Angels. After the 1985 season, Carew announced his retirement, and the Angels became the first team to honor him by retiring his number, a year before the Twins. In 1991, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

No. 30 Nolan Ryan

For the franchise, Ryan was its greatest pitcher ever. It is one of three clubs (the Astros and the Rangers) to have Ryan’s number retired. Angels bought him in a deal with Mets and his first four career no-hitters were thrown there.

No. 42 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson became the first professional player in any sport to have his or her uniform number 42 retired by Major League Baseball occurred in 1997.

No. 50 Jimmie Reese

In 1917, he worked as a batboy for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League before making his Major League debut with the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. Until his death in 1994, Reese was listed as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Angels. His number 50 was retired a year later.


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