The Montreal Expos were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. They played in the National League.
After the 2004 season, the franchise was relocated by Major League Baseball, its owners since 2002, to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals. The Nationals retained all the Expos’ records, player contracts, and minor league affiliates, as well as their spring training complex in Viera, Florida.
SeasonsThe Expos won their first game, on the afternoon of April 8, 1969, against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, beating the Mets by a score of 11-10.
The Expos suffered 10 straight losing seasons under Gene Mauch (1969-75), Karl Kuehl and Charlie Fox (1976) and Dick Williams (1977-78).
In 1979 Dick Williams the Expos posted a 95-65 record — the first of five consecutive winning seasons.
Throughout the 1980s the team usually managed to play .500 baseball or better. In the early 1990s, Felipe Alou managed the team with great success.
Ownership miscues reduced the team’s popularity during the 1990s, until it was finally sold to the Major League itself in 2002.