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Jarry Park

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Today named Stade Uniprix, Jarry Park (Le Parc Jarry) was a Montreal baseball stadium and home to the Montreal Expos; Major League Baseball's first Canadian franchise from 1969-1976.

At a glance...
JARRY PARK
Facility statistics
Location Montreal, Quebec
Opened 1925
First Expos Game April 19, 1966
Last Expos Game September 26, 1976
Demolished (No, still used for tennis)
Replaced by Olympic Stadium
Owner City of Montreal
(starting in 1945)
Surface Grass
Construction cost $?
Tenants
Montreal Royals (IL, 1928-1960)
Expos (MLB, 1969-1976)
Seating capacity
3,000 (1968)
28,456 (1969)
Dimensions
Left Field - 340 ft
Left-Center - 368 ft
Center Field - 417 ft; 420 (1974-)
Right-Center - 368 ft
Right Field - 340 ft
Backstop - 62 ft

It served as a temporary home until a domed stadium could be built. The decision was made to convert the 3,000 seat baseball stadium in the North End (Villeray) into a nearly 30,000 seat venue. National League president Warren Giles was promised a covered stadium by city officials for 1972. The franchise left Montreal after the 2004 season without ever playing their home games in such a stadium.

The stadium consisted of a single unroofed grandstand stretching from the left-field foul pole to the right-field foul pole and a large bleacher stand in left field. Beyond right field was a swimming pool in the city park, which long home runs occasionally were hit into. The element was later replicated in Bank One Ballpark.

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The stadium was rather sparse, given that it was intended to be only a temporary home - though it took far longer to build the Olympic Stadium than was initially anticipated, so much so that there was talk of moving the franchise - and the stadium was very open to the elements, which was a particular problem at the beginning and end of the season.

The stadium was used for various civic events in the years after the Expos moved out. It was gradually converted into a tennis stadium, with one corner of the court located at the old backstop. The stadium was renamed du Maurier Stadium in 1987. It has since been renamed Uniprix Stadium (Stade Uniprix).

 

FIRSTS at JARRY PARK
Game
04/14/1969 Cardinals 7, Expos 8
Umpires Mel Steiner, Bob Engel
  Dick Stello, Augie Donatelli
Managers Gene Mauch, Expos
  Red Schoendienst, Cardinals
Starting Pitchers Larry Jaster, Expos
  Nelson Briles, Cardinals
Ceremonial Pitch Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Premier of Quebec
Attendance 29,184
Ceremonial Pitch Anaheim Mayor Fred Krein
Attendance 31,660
Batting
Batter Lou Brock (line out)
Hit Curt Flood (double)
Run Don Bosch
RBI Mack Jones
Single Don Bosch
Double CurtFlood
Triple Mack Jones
Home Run Mack Jones
Grand Slam Dal Maxvill
IPHR Tony Taylor (05/26/1970)
Stolen Base Mack Jones (04/19/1969)
Sacrifice Hit Tim McCarver (04/15/1969)
Sacrifice Fly Al Spangler (04/20/1969)
Cycle (None)
Pitching
Win Dan McGinn
Loss Gary Waslewski
Shutout Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan (04/29/1969)
Save Joe Hoerner (04/15/1969)
Hit by Pitch Carl Morton hit Ernie Banks (04/20/1969)
Wild Pitch Gary Waslewski
Balk Larry Jaster
No-hitter Bill Stoneman (10/2/1972)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet
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Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.


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