Tuesday, February 22, 2011

#486 Angels Rookie Stars: Tom Egan and Pat Rogan

#486 Angels Rookie Stars: Tom Egan and Pat Rogan
There's a creepy ethereal quality to the background of Pat Rogan's picture. It looks like the wainscoting of the heavens.

Fun facts about Tom Egan:

-A native of Los Angeles, Tom signed with the Angels as a teenager in 1964.

-He debuted with the Halos in May 1965, just short of his 19th birthday. He played sparingly, but hit .263 in 38 at-bats.

-Tom didn't spend a full season in the majors until 1969. Backing up Joe Azcue, he batted just .142 with 5 home runs. However, two of his homers came off of Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter.

-He threw out 43.6% of attempted base stealers in 1969, fifth-best in the American League.

-Had a career day on September 20, 1970, with four hits in five at-bats (including two doubles) as the Angels walloped the White Sox 9-2.

-Egan was traded to the White Sox after the 1970 season. The following year, he played in a career-high 85 games and had a .239 average, a .320 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, and 34 RBI.

-After dipping back below the Mendoza line in 1972, the catcher spent all of 1973 at Chicago's AAA Iowa affiliate. This allowed the Angels to bring him back via the Rule 5 draft.

-On September 28, 1974, he had the thrill of catching Nolan Ryan's third no-hitter, a 4-0 victory over the Twins.

-Tom's final season was1975, when he hit .229 in 28 games. In parts of 10 big league seasons, he had an average of .200 on the nose with 22 home runs and 91 RBI.

-He became a minor league manager at the tender age of 30, spending two unsuccessful seasons at his post in the low minors of the Mets organization.

Fun facts about Pat Rogan:

-Right away, I have to tell you to bear with me. Pat never made it to the big leagues, so there's not much information available.

-Pat was born on November 29, 1943 and appears to have been signed by the Angels circa 1962.

-At age 18, he held his own at Class C San Jose with a 12-9 record, 8 complete games, and a 3.92 ERA.

-The Angels may have pushed him too far too soon, as he scuffled at AAA Hawaii in 1964 (9-11, 4.53)  and was even worse the following year at AA El Paso (5-10, 5.53).

-Back down at Class A San Jose, Rogan had a good 1966: 10-4, 2.84 ERA.

-Set a career high in 1967 with 13 wins while pitching for San Jose and El Paso.

-He was out of organized baseball after splitting the 1968 season among California's top three farm teams and combining to go 10-7 with a 3.08 ERA. Just 24 at the time, Pat finished with a minor league record of 66-57 and a 3.98 ERA in 7 seasons.
#486 Angels Rookie Stars: Tom Egan and Pat Rogan (back)


  1. "Wainscoting of the heavens" absolutely. Perfect for the Halos.

  2. Doug - I'm going out on a limb and declaring this to be the first time I've ever used "Wainscoting" in one of my blog posts.

  3. He was the Most Valuable Player in the Hearst Sandlot Classic in 1961.