EXPOS—a little history about the Nationals franchise forerunner
What’s an EXPO? The team was named in honor of the 1967 world’s fair, Montreal Expo 67.
Another name under consideration at the time was the Voyageurs.
1981 NL East Champions
HOF: Gary Carter (C) was the first HOF inductee depicted with an Expos cap on his plaque; Andre Dawson was the second inducted as an Expo. Other HOF inductees who played for the Expos during their careers: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Tony Perez. Former managers Frank Robinson and Dick Williams are also HOF members.
Retired EXPO Numbers: Gary Carter (8), Andre Dawson (10), Rusty Staub (10), Rim Raines (30), Jackie Robinson (42). Last EXPO Home Run—Brad Wilkerson on October 2, 2004 in the Expos’ last win before becoming the Nationals, over the New York Mets 6-3
Last Run Scored—Jamey Carroll on October 03, 2004
The last remaining 2004 Expos on the Nationals roster to relocate with the team from Montreal: Nick Johnson (continuous—traded to the Marlins 2009) and Livan Hernandez (2003-06 and 2009-11).
The other “last” Expo: Ian Desmond—drafted by the Expos in 2004 and a National as of 2015....though he did not make his MLB debut until September 10, 2009 for the Nats.
About 27 Expos made the move to the Washington Nationals, including Jon Rauch, Luis Ayala, Gary Majewski, and Ryan Church, plus manager Frank Robinson and pitching coach Randy St. Claire
• Record in 2004: 67-95, last place National League East. The Expos’ opening day starting lineup in 2004:
In the modern period since 1901, there were two Washington Senators teams: the 1901 60 Senators—who moved to become the Minnesota Twins--and the 1961 71 Senators, formed as an expansion team after the Senators’ move in 1960, who relocated to become the Texas Rangers.
Founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises
1905, after a 113 loss season in 1904, name was changed to “Nationals” (nicknamed the Nats); Senators name was still used but not officially again until 1956
Given the somewhat rocky start, the Senators suffered jokes like “Washington: First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League” (Charley Dryden of the San Francisco Chronicle)
Things turned around from 1911 to 1933 with players such as:
Walter Johnson “The Big Train” RHP—HOF 1936
Goose Goslin IF —HOF 1968
Sam Rice OF—HOF 1963
Joe Cronin SS—HOF 1956
Bucky Harris 2B—HOF 1975
Heinie Manush LF—HOF 1964
1924 World Champions—led by player manager Bucky Harris— victorious over John McGraw’s New York Giants
1925 American League Pennant—lost to Pittsburgh 1960 Washington Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Twins, and they were replaced an expansion team in 1961 Frank Howard (“Hondo”) was a favorite for many, winning two home run titles HOF hitter Ted Williams was named manager in 1967 With mixed or less success, this Senators team was moved to Texas (Rangers) for the 1972 season
Formed 1912 by Cumberland Posey (HOF 2006) in Homestead, Pennsylvania, the Grays moved to Pittsburgh but began playing half of their home games in D.C. in 1940 at Griffith Stadium (home of the Washington Senators). When playing at Griffith, they were known as the Washington Homestead Grays or Washington Grays. The Grays were a storied franchise featuring HOF players Josh Gibson (C), Cool Papa Bell (P), Ray Brown (P), Buck Leonard (1B), Jud Wilson (3B), and Smokey Joe Williams (3B)
THE NATIONALS WILL BE HOSTING THE ALL-STAR GAME IN 2018 Fun Fact: The first All Star Game was in 1933 at the Chicago White Sox’s Comiskey Park. Cleveland Stadium and Old Yankee Stadium are tied for the most times a stadium has hosted the game, with four each. The Nats and the Tampa Bay Rays are the only teams that have not hosted the Classic. Another Fun Fact: The first Home Run Derby was in 1985 at Minneapolis; it was then a contest between leagues (5 players each) and the AL won 17 16. In Derby history, Ken Griffey, Jr. CF (Mariners/Reds) has the most wins (3) and most appearances (8). Josh Hamilton OF (Rangers) hit the most HRs in one round (18—2008), and Bobby Abreu RF (Phillies) the most overall HRs in one event (41 2005).
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***The Montreal EXPOS hosted the Summer Classic once, in 1982.
1937: The first pitch was thrown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and ended in an AL victory 8 3 over the NL. Dizzy Dean (Cardinals) and Lefty Gomez (Yankees) were the starting pitchers; during the game Dizzy Dean’s toe was broken when he was struck by an Earl Averill (Indians) hit. Senator All Stars: Rick Ferrell (C), Wes Ferrell (P). Wes and Rick were brothers and teammates from 1933 37; they both played in the 1933 and 1937 All Star games. Rick was elected to the HOF by the Veterans Committee in 1984.
1956: The game featured home runs by Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the NL, and Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams for the AL. Starting pitchers were Billy Pierce (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Friend (Pittsburgh Pirates); NL won 7 3 with Friend earning the win, and Johnny Antonelli (San Francisco Giants) got the save. Senator All Stars: Roy Sievers (OF). Sievers was a 5 time All Star, AL Rookie of the Year (1949), AL home run and RBI champion (1957).
1962: President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch, and the NL won 3 1. Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the MVP. Starting pitchers were Don Drysdale (Dodgers), and Jim Bunning (Tigers); Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) got the win. Senator All Stars: Dave Stenhouse (P). Stenhouse, a rookie at the time, was selected as the starting pitcher for the OTHER 1962 All Star Game at Wrigley Field, against Johnny Podres (Dodgers).
Fun Fact: The 1962 game was one of two (July 10th in D.C. and the other July 30th at Wrigley Field) All Star Games because from 1959 62 a second game was added to raise money for the MLB players’ pension funds, as well as other causes. This was abandoned because having two games watered down the appeal and impact of the event.
1969: The 40th All Star Game resulted in a 9 3 victory for the NL. The original date of July 22nd was rained out, so the game took place on July 23rd. Senator All Stars: starter Frank Howard (OF), and Darold Knowles (LHP). Per Wikipedia, Knowles is the only pitcher to have played in all 7 games of a World Series (1973 with the Oakland Athletics). Howard (“Hondo”) was a two time AL home run champion (1968 and 1970) and AL RBI champion (1970) with the Senators.