@counterpartsband are headlining a sick spring tour w/ @expirehardcore @gideonal & @knockedloosehc.
11 Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward
12 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Taphouse
13 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
16 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
17 Los Angeles, CA @ Union Los Angeles
18 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
19 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
20 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
23 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
24 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
25 Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
26 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
28 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
29 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
31 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
01 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
03 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
04 London, ON @ London Music Hall
05 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
06 Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti
07 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
08 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
09 Howell, NJ @ GameChanger World
10 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room

How Was Your Favorite Team Built? - Pacific Division

I have always found it interesting how teams acquired the individual players that make up the team as a whole. Did they draft and develop them? Did they get chosen in free agency? Did the general manager make a big move to trade for them? Some teams are better at scouting players who would be a…


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Of Witches, Hexes, and Plain Bad Luck: The Reputed Curse of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Society for American Baseball Research

From the mid-1970s until the Angels won the World Series in 2002, frequent stories of an Angels “curse” or “jinx” appeared in the local and national media. Typically blamed on a rumor that Anaheim Stadium was built on a Native American burial ground, the curse persists to the present day despite the fact that several of the victims of the curse pre-dated the move to Anaheim in 1966. Tim Mead, the Angels’ media relations director, researched the claim in the 1990s and found no evidence indicating a burial ground.

The first reference to the Angels jinx in The Sporting News was an article by Dick Miller in March 1976, spurred by Nolan Ryan’s arm troubles, which had limited him to 28 starts in 1975. The curse had not been mentioned at all when Bruce Heinbechner became the third Angels player to die in March 1974, but when Mike Miley died in January 1977, Harry Dalton, then the Angels’ general manager, said it was “the first thing I thought of,” placing the first mention of the curse in this time frame.

The deaths have always been the cornerstone of the Angels curse. Since 1960, 32 major-league players have died while on a major-league roster or within a year of their last game. The Angels are typically linked with seven of those deaths (five of those by 1978), more than 20 percent of the total. The only other team to have lost even three players in that time frame is the Cleveland Indians with three, and two of those died in the same boating accident in Florida in 1993. The Angels have lost three players in midseason and another late in spring training.

Naturally the curse was extended to include the postseason, when the Angels became the first team to blow a 2–0 lead in a best-of-five series in 1982, losing the last three games to the Milwaukee Brewers. In game five of the 1986 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, the Angels were one pitch away from their first World Series appearance, up three games to one, with a 5–4 lead with two outs in the ninth, when Dave Henderson hit a 2–2 pitch to put the Sox on top with a two-run shot. The Sox went on to win that game and the next two to take the series before succumbing to their own curse and losing the World Series.

The Angels have also suffered numerous late-season collapses, the most devastating coming in 1995, when the Angels had to win their last five games to force a one-game playoff (which they lost) after holding an 11-game lead for the division as late as August 9 and a 10-game lead for the wild card on August 3.

The curse has even been extended to players who previously played for the Angels. Despite playing four years with the Reds after leaving the Angels, Jim McGlothlin, who died of cancer at 32 in 1975, is almost always mentioned. Even Ed Kirkpatrick, who was paralyzed in a car accident in 1981, is frequently mentioned, despite playing his last game with the Angels in 1968 and spending the bulk of his career with the Royals and Pirates before leaving the majors in 1977. Yet Fritz Brickell, who was the Angels’ starting shortstop on Opening Day in 1961 and died of cancer at 30 in 1965, is never mentioned in an Angels curse article (until now).

Angels’ family members are also mentioned. Ina Autry, wife of owner Gene Autry, met her unexpected death in 1980. John Candelaria’s son died in 1985 after a swimming pool accident left him in a coma for 11 months. In 1996 Rod Carew’s 18-year-old daughter lost her battle with leukemia.

Attempts have been made to counter the curse. During a team slump in 1977, Dick Miller, a reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, called Louise Huebner, “head of the Magic Circle of 4,000 witches nationwide, the largest coven in America.” She gave Magic Circle medals to owner Gene Autry, general manager Dalton, and the players just before they played the Yankees on August 3.

The Angels won six straight games before Huebner had a change of heart, saying, “Some of the players were very insulting. I wasn’t too thrilled being involved with them. I felt I shouldn’t have used the energy of the Magic Circle, because the Angels were not sincere and honest. They didn’t participate or give anything back. I’m not Mary Poppins. I don’t have to help anybody. So I just pulled out. I put the Curse back on.”

Around 2000, “two shamanistic women” gave little figurines to the players to protect them. And late in the 2002 season, the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, reported that a local tribe had “blessed the ballpark themselves before this season began.” When the Angels won the World Series that year, the stories of an Angels curse or jinx pretty much disappeared. But the deaths of pitcher Nick Adenhart and veteran coach and scout Preston Gomez in 2009 and the 2010 freak injury to first baseman Kendrys Morales, have resurrected those stories. Many web sites offered curse chronologies after Adenhart’s death, and the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register have both revisited the club’s unusual history of calamities. Over time, some of the stories have grown beyond their original incidents. A single mistake in one story will propagate over time. The following represent—and clarify and correct errors in—the most prominent and unusual injuries in Angels history.

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California Fool's Gold's Introduction to Southern California

California Fool’s Gold’s Southern California Primer

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Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s large watercolor map of Southern California, including all major passenger rail lines.

There is no official definition of what comprises Southern California but there’s certainly something like a general consensus that the region includes the ten southern-most counties in the state: Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San…

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