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Angels unveiling 50th-year plans Friday

Angels unveiling 50th-year plans Friday

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ANAHEIM -- Already, the Angels are guaranteed to be golden next season.

The Angels turn 50 in 2011, and their plans for a 12-month golden-anniversary celebration, entitled "More than 'A' Season," will be unveiled on Friday at Angel Stadium. An enhanced set of Halos jerseys, including next season's home, road and alternate threads, will also be on display.

The Angels' 50th anniversary is about their fans and celebrating great moments in Angels history. There will be retro nights and giveaways, 81 first pitches with former Halos, and special programming on FOX Sports West and AM830 throughout the year.

From 5-7 p.m. PT on Friday, fans can join in the kickoff at the home-plate gate, where current and former Angels will be doing live interviews and prizes will be given away. The Angels' 50th-anniversary logo will also be revealed around the stadium, including on the windows above the home-plate gate and on the batter's eye in center field, where the 2010 All-Star Game sign was previously located.

The anniversary logo has a gold halo, and the number 50 is featured predominantly beneath it with a ribbon that signifies the prosperity of the last half-century. Finally, the "A" logo and the color red emphasize the current look.

As for the new uniforms, the touches are subtle. In lieu of the current silver halo, Angels hats will now feature a gold halo around the primary "A" logo as well as a 50th-anniversary patch affixed to the left side. On the front of the club's home, road and alternate red jerseys, a gold halo is featured on the "A" of the club lettering. The 50th-anniversary patch will appear on the right sleeve, while an "A" patch with gold halo will be featured on the left sleeve.

The Angels have won eight American League West titles, one AL pennant and the 2002 World Series since their inception in 1960. A pair of AL MVPs and Cy Young winners have come through the team's clubhouse, along with 33 Gold Gloves and 130 All-Star Game appearances.

The club was established on Dec. 6, 1960, when Gene Autry attended the AL's expansion meetings in St. Louis seeking a ballclub he could broadcast on his radio station. Instead, he became owner and chairman of the board of the expansion Los Angeles Angels. A little over a week later, on Dec. 14, the Angels took part in a an expansion draft and selected 30 players from the other AL clubs. Yankees pitcher Eli Grba was their first pick.

The Angels finished their inaugural 1961 season 70-91, establishing the best mark for an expansion team in MLB history.

Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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