CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2008 |
John McHale Sr., 86, the first president of the Montreal Expos when they debuted as an expansion team in 1969 and the general manager from 1978 to 1984, died Thursday in a hospice unit near his home in Palm City, Fla., Major League Baseball announced. A first baseman who played 64 games for the Detroit Tigers from 1943 to 1948, McHale joined the Tigers' front office in 1948 as an assistant farm director and became general manager in 1957. He moved to the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 as president and general manager, and oversaw the franchise's relocation to Atlanta in 1966.
November 21, 2004 |
Claude Delorme first put together the binder three baseball seasons ago. Twenty-six pages, countless tasks. The Montreal Expos franchise, the team Delorme serves as executive vice president for business affairs, was supposed to evaporate into thin air, back when Major League Baseball planned to buy the team and then contract it. Seemed like someone should have a list of things to do if and when that happened, so the binder was born. Sell furniture. Check. Meet with concessionaire. Check.
September 30, 2004 |
Canada's loss is a capital gain. After three years of uncertainty, the Montreal Expos will have a new home in Washington. The move was announced Wednesday to great fanfare, bringing baseball back to the area locals refer to as "the District" for the first time since the Washington Senators bolted for Texas in 1971. "It's quite a historic day," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. Washington outbid five locations -- Northern Virginia; Norfolk, Va.; Portland, Ore.
September 29, 2004 |
Only a few thousand fans showed up to watch the Montreal Expos play baseball the other night, barely enough to cause a murmur, a death rattle, in Olympic Stadium. Pop fouls ricocheted off empty seats. Vendors at the snack bars -- the few that were open -- stood idly. Henry Cukoff, sitting above the visitors' dugout with almost an entire row to himself, tried to act as if he did not care. "To be frank, it's been over for years," the longtime Expo fan said. "I'm used to it."
September 24, 2004 |
Major League Baseball's executive council is likely to announce soon that Washington D.C. will be the next home of the Montreal Expos, multiple sources say. The council met Thursday in Milwaukee and listened to a presentation from Baltimore Oriole owner Peter Angelos, who says a team in Washington, about 40 miles away, would cost the Orioles $30 million to $40 million in annual revenue.
September 16, 2004 |
The Montreal Expos did their best to sweep away the Florida Marlins' playoff hopes Wednesday. "We've battled through a lot of adversity these past two or three weeks; this is just a little bump in the road," Manager Jack McKeon said after Florida was swept by Montreal, 6-2 and 10-4, to fall 3 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the National League wild-card race. "We just have to get this engine fired up again and click on all cylinders again."