By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
OCT. 26, 2002WORLD SERIES GAME 7GIANTS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM -- It used to be something that could only happen in a Disney movie, and even then it required some sort of divine intervention.
But fantasy gave way to reality on Sunday night when the real-life Angels beat the San Francisco Giants in the seventh game of the World Series, 4-1, capturing the first championship in the 42 years of the franchise.
An Edison Field crowd of 44,598 was on its feet when Angels closer Troy Percival got Kenny Lofton to fly out to center fielder Darin Erstad for the final out, setting off a wild celebration on the field that spilled over into the clubhouse.
Percival emerged from the pile of bodies near the mound in tears, and soonafter right fielder Tim Salmon held aloft a white cowboy hat that belonged to original Angels owner Gene Autry.
``I said we've got to have Mr. Autry on the field any way we can,'' Salmon said. ...