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From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Los Angeles Angels fan.

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Nolan Ryan: No-Hitter Cap

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Angels ace Nolan Ryan wore this cap for the second of his two 1973 no-hitters, a dominating, 17-strikeout defeat of Detroit, 6-0, on July 15. When Tigers slugger Norm Cash came to the plate in the ninth inning with a table leg in hand, he explained to the umpire, “I can’t hit him with a regular bat.”

Reggie Jackson: 500th Home Run Helmet

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Angels DH Reggie Jackson wore this helmet on September 17, 1984, when he smashed his 500th career home run, a solo shot to Anaheim’s right field. The round-tripper came exactly 17 years after his first homer, a solo dinger to the same spot when Kansas City visited the Big A in 1967.

Rod Carew: 3,000th Hit Bat

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Angels first baseman Rod Carew, whose keen batting eye and great speed yielded seven batting titles and 18 All-Star nods, swung this bat on Aug. 4, 1985, to smack his 3,000th career hit. His opposite field single came against the Minnesota Twins, with whom he had played the first 12 years of his career.

Adam Kennedy: Three Home Run Bat

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The 2002 Angels, who found new heroes throughout the season, continued that tradition in the postseason. In Game Five of the ALCS, light-hitting Adam Kennedy swung this lumber to launch three consecutive home runs, defeat the Minnesota Twins, 13-5, and lift the Angels to the franchise’s first World Series appearance.

Angels Rally Monkey

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Although he debuted on June 6, 2000, in an interleague game against the San Francisco Giants, the Rally Monkey jumped onto the national stage during the 2002 season. His most notable impact came in Game Six of the World Series, when together with Scott Spiezio he inspired the Angels to a come-from-behind victory and an eventual World Championship.

Francisco Rodríguez: Record Saves Jersey

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Angels closer Francisco Rodríguez wore this jersey on September 13, 2008, during his season for the ages. On that day, K-Rod broke the 18-year-old record of 57 saves in a season and went on to set a still-standing mark of 62.

Mike Trout: Rookie Season Cap

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Despite starting 2012 in the minors, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout ended the season atop the majors with 129 runs and 49 stolen bases. Wearing this cap that year, he electrified fans with his stellar defense and earned unanimous AL Rookie of the Year accolades for his amazing season.

Albert Pujols: 600th Double Cleats

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Wearing these cleats on September 16, 2016, Angels DH Albert Pujols reached rarified air as he posted his 600th career double. Only Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds had also reached 600 doubles and 575 home runs. A year later he joined the historic duo in the exclusive 600-600 club.

Shohei Ohtani: Rookie Cap and Helmet

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Making his much-anticipated debut in 2018, L.A.’s Shohei Ohtani became the majors’ first successful two-way player since Babe Ruth. In his April 1 pitching debut, Ohtani wore this cap as he hurled six innings and struck out six in the Angels’ 7-4 victory over Oakland. He donned this helmet two days later when he crushed his first homer.

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