Montreal Expos Team History
The Montreal Expos joined the National League in 1969, along with the San Diego Padres, with a majority share held by Charles Bronfman, a major shareholder in Seagram. Named after the Expo 67 World’s Fair, the Expos’ initial home was Jarry Park. Managed by Gene Mauch, the team lost 110 games in their first season, coincidentally matching the Padres inaugural win-loss record, and continued to struggle during their first decade with sub-.500 seasons.
Without a viable owner willing to operate the team in Montreal, it was widely thought that the sale of the Expos to MLB was the first step in the process of either moving the team or folding it altogether. Although their attendance increased from 7,935 per game in 2001 to 10,031 in 2002, MLB decided that the Expos would play 22 of their home games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003. Although the approximately 19,000-seat stadium was considerably smaller than Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, attendance in San Juan averaged 14,222, compared with 12,081 in Montreal.
The Montreal Expos were a Canadian professional baseball team based in Montreal, Quebec. The Expos were the first Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise located outside the United States. They played in the National League (NL) East Division from 1969 until 2004. Following the 2004 season, the franchise relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals.
Montreal – Washington D.C.
2000 – Present Major League Baseball
1969 – 1999 National League
Expos – In addition to the tie-in with Expo 67, the nickname also had the advantage of being the same in either English or French, the city’s two dominant languages.
2005 – Present Washington Nationals
1969 – 2004 Montreal Expos
World Series 0
2008 – Present Nationals Park
2005 – 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
1977 – 2004 Olympic Stadium
1969 – 1976 Jarry Park Stadium
2006 – Present Theodore N. Lerner
2002 – 2006 Major League Baseball
1999 – 2002 Jeffrey Loria
1991 – 1999 Claude Brochu
1969 – 1991 Charles Bronfman
8 Gary Carter
10 Andre Dawson
10 Rusty Staub
30 Tim Raines
42 Jackie Robinson
2005 – Present Screech
*Blue is this team’s history