ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Leon Wagner, a former outfielder who hit 211 home runs in a 12-year big-league career, died Jan. 3 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 69.
Mr. Wagner, known as "Daddy Wags," was one of the star players for the Los Angeles Angels -- now Anaheim Angels -- during their first three years of existence from 1961 to 1963. Mr. Wagner, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., played in 442 games for the Angels, hitting 91 homers and driving in 276 runs.Mr. Wagner was traded to Cleveland for first baseman Joe Adcock and pitcher Barry Latman on Dec. 6, 1963. He played for the Indians for four-plus seasons before finishing the 1968 campaign with the Chicago White Sox. He started and finished his big-league career with the San Francisco Giants, where he played in 1958-59 and again in 1969.
Mr. Wagner finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .272 and 669 RBIs.