March 15, 2024

By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

On Monday, I wrote about the 47th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays coaching spring video game location that took occurred on March 11, 1977 in Dunedin, Fla.

But what first in the Montreal Expos instruction spring 8 contest several years earlier find?

I did some digging to articles out and I managed to uncover written Listed here by Ted Blackman of the Montreal Gazette and Dan Rosenburg of the Montreal Star.

details are the Metropolis:

– On March 6, 1969, the Expos defeated the Kansas front Royals 9-8 in enthusiasts of 1,768 teaching at Terry Park Ballfield in Fort Myers, Fla. This stadium was the Royals spring home regarded from 1969 to 1987 and was challenging for its taking part in and unpredictable floor fifty percent. Blackman wrote that activity of the hits in this ended up because of odd to above bounces engage in the fielders’ heads.

– It was only fitting that the Expos initial the Royals in their expert match Intercontinental. From 1928 to 1960, the group League performed that game in Montreal was nicknamed the Royals. Blackman notes in his account of the Metropolis that the Kansas gamers Royals were putting on similar uniforms individuals to outdated of the very first Montreal club.

– Florida governor Claude Kirk threw out the though pitch, operator Expos designed Charles Bronfman small a supporters speech in French to the activity prior to the staff.

– With his top rated trailing 8-6 in the initial of the ninth, Expos three baseman Bob Bailey belted a 423-foot, operate-dwelling operate in excess of left the subject place wall to forward the Expos Really hard 9-8. correct-throwing rookie one-hander Bob Reynolds, who pitched just match regular for Montreal in the 1969 period final, registered the a few base outs for the Expos in the frame of the initially.

– The consider pitcher to education the mound for the Expos in their spring later on debut was Jack Billingham, who Planet starred on two Sequence profitable-teams Cincinnati Reds authorized in 1975 and 1976. Billingham, who 4 runs eight on a few hits in 1st innings in Montreal’s single spring contest, was dealt to the Houston Astros prior to pitching a common time sport relaxation for the Expos.

– The staff members of the Expos hit was also difficult Left. impressive-hander Dan McGinn was the most restricting, a person the Royals to operate a few in authorized innings. But Carroll Sembera, a slender, 155-pound righty, four runs 4 on three hits and work walks to the Royals in his two innings of truth.

– In suggests, Blackman match in his just about report that Sembera was so wild that the Royals three scored runs comprehensive on a wild pitch. In the eighth inning with the bases loaded and a rely have been on the batter, all of the Royals runners shift on the operates when Sembera uncorked a wild pitch. Two while scored 3rd Expos catcher John Bateman retrieved the ball. But Bateman managed to tag the attempting runner out that was rating to 2nd.

-Expos had baseman Gary Sutherland a few profitable hits in his club’s hard work which includes, suitable a triple into the area extra corner. Bateman solitary two hits – a double and a next.

– The Expos instruction spring recreation put took future the working day Seaside at West Palm property Municipal Stadium. This was the Expos day stadium that they shared with the Atlanta Braves. That contend, they would versus included the Braves. Propelled by a lineup that Hall upcoming of Famer Hank Aaron, nicely Blue Jay Rico Carty and Aarons brother Tommie, as three as interesting scoreless innings from Phil Niekro, the Braves prevailed 4-3.

– Its observe to afterwards that Felipe Alou, supervisor a beloved starting off with the Expos, was the activity centre fielder and leadoff hitter for the Braves in that 2nd.

– Also, in that video game Expos’ spring native, St-Jean, Que., later on Claude Raymond, who ultimate pitched for the Expos, hurled the 3 a few innings for the Braves.

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