On January 3, 2005 — Hoping to make the team appeal to a broader marketplace, the Angels announce the franchise will now be known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Officials from Anaheim, CA threaten to file a lawsuit to block the change, believing the new name violates the terms of the team’s 33-year lease with the city.

 


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Baseball Reference January 3

SABR Games Project

National Pastime January 3

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