Gene Autry

Gene Autry autograph
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.

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Gene Autry was a singer and actor before becoming the first owner of the Angels franchise

Gene Autry was a singer and actor before becoming the first owner of the Angels franchise

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 announced expansion into Los Angeles and Autry expressed
Gene Autry's Angels selected Eli Grba of the Yankees with the first pick in the first expansion draft

Gene Autry's Angels selected Eli Grba of the Yankees with the first pick in the first expansion draft

When Major League Baseball awarded American League expansion teams to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the teams scrambled to put together an effective strategy for the expansion draft that would take place eight days later. Angels owner Gene Autry tabbed recently-fired Yankee skipper Casey Steng

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