Charlie Bousculer Presents

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Blue Jays 1, Expos 0: The Urban Rivalry That Killed Major League Baseball in Montreal

by David Luchuk

McFarland & Company (February 21, 2007)

The 2001-2002 offseason was a tumultuous one for Major League Baseball. The commissioner’s move to contract two teams, voted on and approved by league owners in a 28-2 vote, left fans in several cities fearing for the future of their teams. The Montreal Expos, with a recent history of poor play and even poorer attendance, seemed an obvious choice. Canada’s only other big league franchise, the Toronto Blue Jays, had voted in favor of the commissioner’s proposal but seemed as likely a candidate as either of the teams targeted by owners. This book examines the 2002 season of the Expos and the Blue Jays, setting events against the backdrop of a long-nurtured urban rivalry between Montreal and Toronto. Chapters cover the summer of 2002 month-by-month, supplementing on- and off-field events with a wealth of historical background and showing how competition placed the Expos and Blue Jays as well as their two host cities on permanently divergent paths.

Blue Mondays: The Long Goodbye of the Montreal Expos

by Jeff Stuart

PublishAmerica (November 10, 2008)

This straightforward, entertaining, sometimes nostalgic, and sometimes sad account of the Montreal Expos in their final season and of the events leading up to their departure is also a pocket history of the 33-year run of the franchise in Canada. The Expos were the first Major League Baseball team to relocate since the Washington Senators moved to Texas in 1971.

My Turn At Bat:The Sad Saga Of The Expos

By Claude R. Brochu, Daniel Poulin, & Mario Bolduc

ECW Press 2002

After 32 years, Montreal will soon lose its professional baseball team. The former president of the Expos explains how the team went from being one of major league baseball’s most promising franchises to becoming a financial pariah, barely escaping extinction at the end of the 2001 season and now facing demise in 2002. This history of the team’s troubled existence covers years of gradually declining revenue and attendance, the sale of the team to a consortium of business leaders in 1991, and the league’s ongoing debate over eliminating the Expos once and for all.

Kiss ‘Em Goodbye: An ESPN Treasury of Failed, Forgotten, and Departed Teams

by Dennis Purdy

ESPN; Original edition (February 23, 2010)

THEY’RE GOING, GOING, GONE. . . .

Their names roll off the tongue, a litany of the damned: the Providence Steam Roller, the Wilmington Quicksteps, the Cincinnati Porkers. They are the lost squads of professional sports history—teams forsaken by fans, fleeced by owners, or forgotten by time. Until now.

Kiss ’Em Goodbye unearths the real stories of dozens of vanished teams that once graced—and often disgraced—North America’s big leagues. Like the St. Paul Apostles, the only major league team never to have played a home game; Card-Pitt, the NFL’s World War II doormat; and the Philadelphia Quakers of the NHL, a team owned jointly by bootleggers and a retired boxer who climbed back into the ring to help meet payroll.

In obituaries for both big-city franchises that skipped town (the Baltimore Colts, the Brooklyn Dodgers) and small-town teams that had their brief moment of glory (the Tonawanda Kardex, the Pottsville Maroons), Kiss ’Em Goodbye commemorates mysterious fires, waterlogged basketball courts, fields tended by goats (“cheaper than mowers!”), and uniforms that broke team budgets. It’s all here in a fascinating, hilarious, page-turning celebration of teams that prove it’s not whether you win or lose, but that you once played the game.

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