Friday, April 30, 2010

On April 30, 1966 at Fenway Park the California Angels would defeat the Boston Red Sox 16-9. Starting off the top of the 8th inning the Angels were trailing 9-3 before going on to score 12 runs that inning. During the 8th inning the Angels would have 5 singles; 2 doubles; 1 triple and 3 home runs to set team records in hits an inning at 11 (also tied in 1997 against the White Sox) and total bases an inning at 24. Rick Reichardt would hit 2 home runs in the inning while Bobby Knoop would add another. During the game the Angels would also set a team record for total bases in a game at 52 (also tied in 1980 against the Red Sox). Reichardt became involved in a bidding war in 1964 out of college, which the Los Angeles Angels won giving him a signing bonus of $200,000, a record at the time. This would ultimately lead to the major league baseball draft which began in 1965. In 1966 Reichardt would become the first player to hit a home run at the new Anaheim Stadium. Later in 1966 after hitting 16 home runs through 89 games, Reichardt had a kidney removed but still played for the Angels until he was traded to the Washington Senators in 1970.

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