Angeles de Puebla
(Redirected from Puebla Black Angels)
- English Name: Puebla Angels or Puebla Black Angels
- Location: Puebla, Puebla
- League: Mexican League 1976-1980, 1985-1987
- Affiliation: none
The Angeles de Puebla, or Angeles Negros de Puebla were very successful in their short time in the Mexican League. The Pericos de Puebla had left the Liga in 1969, and when a new team took their place in 1972, they used a new name.
After winning a division title in 1975, the team finished with the best record in the league in both 1976 and 1977, but made a first-round exit from the playoffs all three years. In 1979 they won the Liga pennant and in 1980 had the best record in the league when it was hut down by a strike in mid-season. The Angels were one of the teams that did not take part in the re-started season, and in did not return to the league in 1981.
In 1985, the Angels returned to the Mexican League, but after what the owner considered a bad season, he renamed the team as the Black Angels. The change of name worked because the team hit .347 and scored over seven runs a game in the offensive explosion of 1986 in Mexico. Willie Aikens put up one of the most memorable seasons in League annals and the Angels won their second title (the Parrots won only one in a much longer history). The Angels left town after just one more season, as another championship failed to translate into long-term roots. The team became the Jalisco Charros in 1988. Baseball returned to Puebla in 1993, but a weak team lasted only three seasons before disappearing again. Baseball returned to Puebla in 2000, but with the more historical name Parrots.
Team name of "Angels" based on legend of 16th Century Bishop of Tlaxcala's dream of angels showing him where to build a new city. In their honor he named the new municipality "Puebla de los Angeles." -Baseball Team Names, 1869-2012 (2012) Rick Worth.
|1976||80-55||1st||Clemente Carrera||Lost in 1st round|
|1977||96-54||1st||Raul Cano||Lost in 1st round|
|1978||85-65||4th (t)||Raul Cano|
|1979||86-51||2nd||Jorge Fitch||League Champs|
|1980||63-25||1st||Jorge Fitch / Rosendo Dominguez||Season stopped by strike|
|1986||88-41||1st||Rodolfo Sandoval||League Champs|
|1987||71-52||2nd||Rodolfo Sandoval / Roberto Mendez|