Originally posted on Angelswin  |  Last updated 2/22/12
By Brian Waller - AngelsWin.com Feature Writer Ask any Angel fan about the teams from the 1970’s and two names usually get thrown out there pretty quickly; Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana. The Ryan/Tanana duo combined for 240 wins during their time in an Angel’s uniform. They were fixtures in the rotation and during the early to mid 70’s they were the faces of the franchise. A case could easily be made that the dynamic duo were two of the best pitchers ever to pitch for the Angels. For eight seasons either Tanana’s or Ryan’s name was printed at the top of the Angels rotation, that is of course until 1981. For the first time in eight seasons, the California Angels did not have either Tanana or Ryan taking the mound for them. Ryan departed after the 1979 season and Tanana after the 1980 season. The Angels, needing a power arm for the rotation turned to young 20-year old rookie, Michael Atwater Witt. Witt seemed like the perfect fit for the thin Angels rotation as he stood 6 foot ...
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