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Friday, September 16, 2011
Angels' charge would be historic

By Mark Saxon



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