Did you Know?

That the interleague games between the Montreal Expos and the Toronto BlueJays were named the Pearson Cup in honour of the past Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson.

Montreal Expos Legends

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Gary

Carter

C

1974–84 & 1992

Gary CarterNicknamed “The Kid” after his youthful enthusiasm and famous smile, Gary Carter is a Hall of Fame baseball player who spent the majority of his playing career with the Expos and Mets. An 11 time All-Star, Gary was an excellent hitter and known throughout the league for his superb defensive skills as a catcher. He was a clutch performer, starting the comeback rally win in game 6 of the World Series against the Red Sox by hitting a single. Although he had much if his success with the Mets, his heart was always in Montreal, retiring with the Expos in 1992.Among his numerous accolades as a player, the most important being a World Series championship, Gary was a three time Gold Glover, five time Silver Slugger winner and two time MLB All-Star Game MVP. Gary Carter passed away February 16th, 2012.
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Andre

Dawson

RF/CF

1977–86

Andre DawsonAndre Dawson is a Hall of Fame baseball player who played the majority of his career with the Expos and Cubs. Nicknamed “The Hawk” by his uncle as a child, Dawson played 21 seasons in the majors accumulating numerous impressive accomplishments. He was the Rookie of the Year, an eight time All-Star, eight time Gold Glover and four time Silver Slugger award winner. He is one of only eight players in MLB history to hit over 300 home runs and steal 300 bases in his career. In 1986, the year Dawson became a free agent, he decided against signing with the Expos due to the toll the artificial turf at the Olympic Stadium was taking on his knees. He decided to sign with the Cubs and to play on the natural grass at Wrigley Field. He retired in 1996 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
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Rusty

Staub

OF

1969–71 & 1979

Rusty StaubRusty Staub was a 23 seasons veteran of the major leagues. He was one of the original members of the Expos and first ever star to emerge for the ball club. Although his stay with the team was very short, only 3 seasons, he was most definitely a fan favorite, so much so that the team retired his number in 1993. Staub was a prolific hitter, acquiring 500 hits with four different teams, a record that has not been broken to this day. He was a six time All-Star and a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame since 2012. He was nicknamed “Le Grand Orange” for is red hair.
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Tim

Raines

LF

1979–90 & 2001

Tim RainesTim Raines played 13 seasons with the Expos as a left fielder. Known as one of the best leadoff hitters and base runners in baseball history, Raines was drafted in the 5th round of the MLB Draft in 1977. Throughout his career, Raines played 2502 games in which he amassed 2605 hits, a .294 batting avg, .385 on base percentage and an impressive .425 slugging percentage. He was one of the most prolific base stealers in the game, with 808 stolen bases (3rd all time) and an .847 stolen base percentage (Ranked 1st all time). Nicknamed “Rock”, Raines was a Silver Slugger award winner, a seven time All-Star, was named the All-Star game MVP once and most importantly, he was a three time World Series champion. Raines retired in 2002.

Jackie

Robinson

2B

Retired 1997

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson was the first African-American man to play Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson came to the Montreal Royals from the Kansas City Monarchs in 1946. At the time, the Royals were a Montreal AAA team in the International League, and the farm club for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He endured many hard ships during these stages of his career, as the league and certain pockets of society were not ready to accept such a change in thought and acceptance, much due to unfounded fear. However once he hit the field, his talent transcended his race and color, and this parried through to the public as well. Robinson, in his debut season with the Royals, averaged a .349 batting average, a .985 fielding percentage and was named the league’s most valuable player. His success generated much fanfare and attention. Most of the games he was a part of would be sold out. His fame and more importantly his performance caught the eye of the Dodgers, who called him up for the 1946 MLB season. On April 15th, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier in front of 26, 623 fans at Ebbets Field, playing first base. He was the 1947 Rookie of the Year, a six time All Star, NL MVP, won the 1949 NL batting title, twice was the NL stolen base champion and was a World Series champion. He has his number retired by all major league teams. Jackie Robinson retired in 1956 and passed away on October 24th, 1972. He is a member of the MLB All-Century Team.

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