Angels' charge would be historic

September, 16, 2011
9/16/11
10:21
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The Angels are trying to do something no American League team has ever done. Believe it or not, no AL team has ever won its division and/or league while trailing by as many as 3 1/2 games with exactly 13 games left.

On the other hand, five teams in the NL have done it, starting with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals, who charged back from a deficit of 6 1/2 games to take the NL pennant from Gene Mauch's Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the World Series that year.

Connections: Mauch later managed the Angels; Mike Scioscia grew up outside Philadelphia and was about to turn six.

Here are the precedents for what the Angels are trying to accomplish:

Year Team GB

2007 Phillies 3.5

2001 Cardinals 3.5

1973 Mets 3.5

1965 Dodgers 3.5

1964 Cardinals 6.5

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Mike Trout
BA HR RBI R
.317 5 10 11
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 5
RBIR. Ibanez 12
RK. Calhoun 12
OPSM. Trout 1.019
WC. Wilson 2
ERAT. Skaggs 2.40
SOC. Wilson 24