The Spokane Indians 1970 championship team will always be known as one of the greatest teams in minor league baseball history. Chance would have it thought that the team that would go down as one of the winningest teams ever almost didn't happen.
In 1956, the Spokane Indians were in trouble. Failure to pay off debts and the condition of Ferris Field left Spokane without a team in 1957. That was also the same season the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants announced that they would make the move to the other side of the country to Los Angeles and San Francisco - a move that would cause a major shake up in the Pacific Coast League.
The Angels, Los Angeles' PCL team for more than half a century, became the property of the Dodgers. The team needed to move, and Spokane came calling.