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FRANCHISE TIMELINE
1969-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present
Timeline
 
Named after Expo 67, the World's Fair held in Montreal two years earlier, the original Montreal Expos squad reported to camp in the spring of 1969.
1968  - May 27: The National League awards two expansion franchises for the 1969 season. The cities of Montreal and San Diego become the newest members of the senior circuit. Montreal business executive Charles Bronfman of the Seagram's distilling empire is the front man for the new team.
1969  - Feb. 24: The full Expos' team reports to Spring Training for the first time ever at West Palm Beach, Florida.

Apr. 8: The Expos play the first game in team history against the Mets at Shea Stadium and win 11-10. Lefthanded reliever Dan McGinn hits the first home run in team history in the 3rd inning off of Tom Seaver.

Apr. 14: In Montreal, 29,184 fans watch the Expos play their first home game at Jarry Park and beat the Cardinals 8-7 in spite of Dal Maxvill's grand slam against Larry Jaster. Mack Jones' three-run homer is the offensive highlight for the home team.

Apr. 17: The two-week old Expos record their first no-hitter. Bill Stoneman blanks the Phillies 7-0 at Philadelphia.

June 25: Bob Bailey and Bobby Wine execute the first triple play in Expos' history. The feat is accomplished at Jarry Park as Vada Pinson hits a liner to first baseman Bob Bailey, who steps on first for the second out then throws to shortstop Bobby Wine at second base for the third out.

1972  - Oct. 2: Bill Stoneman pitches his second career no-hitter, a 7-0 win over the Mets at Jarry Park.
1973  - September: Gene Mauch's Expos give Montrealers their first taste of pennant fever as they contend for the first time for a postseason birth.
1977  - Apr. 15: The Expos play their inaugural game at Olympic Stadium. A total of 57,592 watch the home team suffer a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The attendance remains an Expos' record for a home opener.

Apr. 20: Gary Carter becomes the first Expos' hitter to blast three home runs in the same game when he does so off Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Jim Rooker. The feat occurs during the Expos' inaugural homestand at Olympic Stadium.

1978  - Oct. 1: Ross Grimsley wins his 20th game of the season. He becomes the first and only Expos' pitcher to date to reach 20 wins in a season.
1979  - June 17: Tony Perez, Gary Carter and Ellis Valentine hit the first back-to-back-to-back home runs in Expos' history.

October: The Expos come closer than ever to a division title, finishing second in the NL East to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Expos had remained in the pennant race until the final series of the season.

1969-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present