Notable AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 04, 1996

Angels: The Anaheim City Council voted 3-2 yesterday to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Walt Disney Co. for a 33-year lease of Anaheim Stadium, with Disney retaining a 20-year bailout option. The club will be called the Anaheim Angels next season, and in three years they will be playing in a renovated, state-of-the-art stadium. The club will remain in Anaheim for at least two more decades, and more likely 33 years or beyond. Immediately, Disney announced that it has renewed an agreement to buy a minority interest in the California Angels from Gene Autry and his wife, Jackie, and take over operational control of the American League team. With the deal already approved by other major-league owners, Disney also will have the option to buy the rest of the team after the death of Autry, who is 88.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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