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Fenway
05-01-2007, 10:26 AM
It was enough. Baseball owners then as now were eager for a quick expansion buck. After a 12-hour meeting at Chicago's Excelsior Hotel on May 27, 1968, they granted the city an expansion franchise. Only two Montreal reporters, both baseball fans from La Presse, were on hand.
Dick Young, a legendary sportswriter for the New York Daily News, suggested the name "Expos" to Snyder and it stuck.

Nos Amours were born out of optimism from Expo 67 (http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=0b562c92-a3a0-4f0f-a1e8-4b3e6a0d6994&p=1)


JACK TODD, The Gazette (http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=0b562c92-a3a0-4f0f-a1e8-4b3e6a0d6994&p=1)

WhiteSox5187
05-01-2007, 01:36 PM
It's weird because for such a long time the Expos were a great great team. They consistently gave the Phillies a run for their money in the 1980s and then later the Mets but only won once in '81. The '76 Olympics debt really did spell the beginning of the end for the Expos, but it wasn't really until the Marlins came into exsitence and took away then Expo GM David Dombrowski that the Expos were thrown into dissarray. I personally blame it on the change from the tri-colored hat to the solid blue hat. Poor choice.

Fenway
05-01-2007, 02:22 PM
It's weird because for such a long time the Expos were a great great team. They consistently gave the Phillies a run for their money in the 1980s and then later the Mets but only won once in '81. The '76 Olympics debt really did spell the beginning of the end for the Expos, but it wasn't really until the Marlins came into exsitence and took away then Expo GM David Dombrowski that the Expos were thrown into dissarray. I personally blame it on the change from the tri-colored hat to the solid blue hat. Poor choice.

Stade Olympique doomed that club. Quebecers just didn't want to spend summer nights INDOORS.

I am also convinced that had they been in the American League they would still be there. Natural rivals with Toronto, Boston and New York would have boosted attendance.

Certainly was a far better baseball town than Tampa or Miami.

WhiteSoxJunkie
05-01-2007, 07:25 PM
Whatever happened to Olympic Stadium? If still standing, what is it used for?

DumpJerry
05-01-2007, 07:29 PM
The 1994 strike prevented the White Sox/Expos World Series from taking place. That would have boosted the Sox' stock eleven years earlier than the '05 Series did and would have given the Expos (despite being swept in the Series on four shutouts by the Sox) a solid and large fan base.

Sigh.

caracascat
05-01-2007, 07:51 PM
Great article. Remember the last owner was Jeffery Loria, the ruiner of two franchises. How is this guy good for baseball!

eriqjaffe
05-02-2007, 09:59 AM
Whatever happened to Olympic Stadium? If still standing, what is it used for?It's still standing. As far as I know sports-wise, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes use it for their last regular season game, as well as any playoff games they host.

And Genesis is playing there on September 14 (http://www.rio.gouv.qc.ca/zoneinfo/accueil.jsp?id=459#info459). I had no idea they had gotten back together.

I went to a game there back in '83, and it was easily the least pleasant ballpark I've ever been to, even worse than the Metrodome. On the plus side, it was souvenirbat day, so I had a nice keepsake. My parents and younger brother got tired of the game towards the middle, but they let me stay. For some reason, also, my parents decided that it would be alright for me to take the Metro back to the hotel by myself, at night, in an unfamiliar city where English isn't the primary language, at age 12. I guess they figured that I had a bat if I got into any trouble or something.

Fenway
05-02-2007, 10:07 AM
I will never forget this

30,000 people singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame and crying at the very last game.

http://ebaseballparks.com/olympique7th.html

I will never forgive Selig for killing baseball in Montreal

ewokpelts
05-02-2007, 10:35 AM
I will never forget this

30,000 people singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame and crying at the very last game.

http://ebaseballparks.com/olympique7th.html

I will never forgive Selig for killing baseball in Montrealblame jeffrey loria and john henry too...

Fenway
05-02-2007, 10:37 AM
blame jeffrey loria and john henry too...

nodding sadly

every summer I always wind up driving past Parc Jarry ( it is still there )

http://www.favreauantiques.com/ebay/ebay23426a.jpg

WhiteSox5187
05-02-2007, 12:45 PM
I will never forget this

30,000 people singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame and crying at the very last game.

http://ebaseballparks.com/olympique7th.html

I will never forgive Selig for killing baseball in Montreal
Baseball was in a coma in Montreal long before Selig pulled the plug. It's too bad. I can think of several cities less deserving of a baseball team than Montreal.

Fenway
05-02-2007, 01:10 PM
Baseball was in a coma in Montreal long before Selig pulled the plug. It's too bad. I can think of several cities less deserving of a baseball team than Montreal.

The 1994 strike and then the selling off of the roster just killed fan interest.

When they traded Pedro it was over...he was beloved there

SBSoxFan
05-02-2007, 02:03 PM
And Genesis is playing there on September 14 (http://www.rio.gouv.qc.ca/zoneinfo/accueil.jsp?id=459#info459). I had no idea they had gotten back together.

Baseball owners aren't the only ones eager for a quick buck!