World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

1986 California Angels season


1986 California Angels season

The California Angels' 1986 season was the franchise's 26th season and ended with the Angels losing the American League Championship Series in dramatic fashion.

The regular season ended with the Angels finishing 1st in the American League West with a record of 92-70, earning the franchise's third division title. After jumping to a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-seven ALCS, the Angels blew a 3-run lead in the 9th inning of Game 5 that included giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to Boston's Dave Henderson (in other words, the Angels were 1 strike away from the World Series). The Angels went on to lose Game 5 in extra innings, and eventually lost the next two games and the series.

After 1986, the Angels went into a lengthy playoff drought, not returning to the postseason until their championship season of 2002 (though they did come close in 1995). They would not win a division title again until 2004.


  • November 19, 1985: DeWayne Buice was signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.[1]
  • December 5, 1985: Don Sutton was signed as a free agent by the Angels.[2]
  • December 20, 1985: Daryl Sconiers was released by the Angels.[3]
  • December 20, 1985: Geoff Zahn was released by the California Angels.[4]

Regular season

  • May 4, 1986: Reggie Jackson hit the 537th home run of his career off Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, passing Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list.
  • June 18, 1986: Don Sutton won the 300th game of his career. Sutton became the 19th pitcher in MLB history to win 300 games.
  • September 18, 1986: Reggie Jackson had 3 Home Runs and 7 RBIs in one game.

Season standings

AL West Wins Losses Win % GB
California Angels   92 70 .568    --
Texas Rangers   87 75 .537   5.0
Kansas City Royals   76 86 .469 16.0
Oakland Athletics   76 86 .469 16.0
Chicago White Sox   72 90 .444 20.0
Minnesota Twins   71 91 .438 21.0
Seattle Mariners   67 95 .414 25.0

Notable transactions

  • June 2, 1986: Alan Mills was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1986 amateur draft (Secondary Phase). Player signed June 10, 1986.[5]


1986 California Angels
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
DH Reggie Jackson 132 419 101 .241 18 58

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
SS Dick Schofield

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Sutton 34 207 15 11 3.74 116
John Candelaria 16 92 10 2 2.55 81

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO


Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 California - 8, Boston - 1 October 7 Fenway Park 32,993
2 California - 2, Boston - 9 October 8 Fenway Park 32,786
3 Boston - 3, California - 5 October 10 Anaheim Stadium 64,206
4 Boston - 3, California - 4 (11 innings) October 11 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
5 Boston - 7, California - 6 (11 innings) October 12 Anaheim Stadium 64,223
6 California - 4, Boston - 10 October 14 Fenway Park 32,998
7 California - 1, Boston - 8 October 15 Fenway Park 33,001

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Winston Llenas
AA Midland Angels Texas League Joe Maddon
A Palm Springs Angels California League Tom Kotchman
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Bill Lachemann
Short-Season A Salem Angels Northwest League Bruce Hines


  • 1986 California Angels team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1986 California Angels team page at
Preceded by
California Angels seasons
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kansas City Royals
AL West Championship Season
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.