Thursday, September 17, 2009

Montreal Expos

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The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) is the name of a Major League Baseball team that was located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until the end of the 2004 season, when the team was moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals.

Named after the Expo 67 World's Fair, the Expos started play at Jarry Park under manager Gene Mauch. The team's initial majority owner was Charles Bronfman, a major shareholder in Seagram. Following the 1976 Summer Olympics, starting in 1977 the team's home venue was Montreal's Olympic Stadium. After a decade of losing seasons, the team won a franchise-high 95 games in 1979, finishing second in the National League East. The Expos began the 1980s with a core group of young players, including catcher Gary Carter, outfielders Tim Raines and Andre Dawson, third baseman Tim Wallach, and pitchers Steve Rogers and Bill Gullickson. The team won its only division championship in the strike-shortened split season of 1981, ending its season with a 3 games to 2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

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Established: 1969 (Expansion team)
Relocated: December 3, 2004 (to Washington, D.C.)
Major league affiliations:
*National League (1969–2004)
**East Division (1969–2004)
Stadium:Jarry Park Stadium, Montreal (1969–1976)
Olympic Stadium, Montreal (1976–2004)
Hiram Bithorn Stadium (San Juan, Puerto Rico) (2003–2004)
Uniform Colors: Blue, White, Red              
Logo Design: A stylized "M" for Montreal, containing a red "e" for Expos, and a blue "b" for baseball.
Mascot: Souki (1978), Youppi (1979–2004)
Theme Song: Les Expos sont là ("The Expos are here") by Marc Gélinas
Division Championships: 1981
National League Championships: None
World Series Championships: None

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