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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

The Rise and Fall of Major League Baseball in Quebec: The Montreal Expos Story

Professional baseball has been around for over 150 years. The game started in the northeast and quickly spread to the rest of the United States. Montreal was the site of professional baseball with the AAA farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Montreal Royals. But, it was not until 1969 that major league baseball moved across the border to Canada and the Montreal Expos were created. In the 35 year history of the team, the Expos only reached the playoffs once, in 1981. However, their greatest season would be the ill-fated 1994 season. That was the year of the playerís strike which ended the season with the Montreal Expos in first place. After that season, Montreal could not reclaim its past achievement and lost many players to other teams. Some of Montrealís great players include Tim Raines, Randy Johnson, Larry Walker, Gary Carter, Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero. Because of poor ownership, baseball in Montreal suffered a slow death, ending in 2004 when the team moved to Washington.

Presenters: James Deshaies (Undergraduate Student)
Esther Marion (Faculty)
Topic: French
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 10:55 am (Session II)