Gene Autry

Birthdate 09/29/1907
Death Date 10/02/1998
Debut Year
Year of Induction
Teams American League, Angels
Positions Executive, Owner

Gene Autry owned the Angels from their inception in 1961 until 1997; #26 was retired in his honor as the supporter of the 25-man roster.

In the collection:

Autograph at bottom of Gene Autry's personal letterhead from 1947

Autograph at bottom of Gene Autry's personal letterhead from 1947

Better known for his singing and acting career, Gene Autry turned his earnings into a mega fortune, enabling him to buy a series of radio stations and a Los Angeles television station. In the 1950s Autry was a minority owner of the Pacific Coast League Hollywood Stars. In 1960 Major League Baseball

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