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The Montreal
Montreal
Royals were a minor league professional baseball team in Montreal, Quebec, from 1897–1917 and 1928–60. A member of the International League, the Royals were the top farm club (Class AAA) of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers
from 1939; pioneering African-American
African-American
player Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
was a member for the 1946 season. The 1946 Royals were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.[3]

Contents

1 History 2 Titles 3 Montreal
Montreal
Royals records 4 Montreal
Montreal
Royals managers 5 Notable former players 6 References

History[edit]

1948 Team

Delorimier Stadium, seen here in 1950, was the home of the Montreal Royals.

In 1928, George Stallings, a former Major League Baseball
Baseball
executive and Southern United States
Southern United States
planter, formed a partnership with Montreal lawyer and politician Athanase David and businessman Ernest Savard to resurrect the Montreal
Montreal
Royals. Among the team's other local affluent notables were close friends Lucien Beauregard, Romeo Gauvreau, Hector H. Racine, and Charles E. Trudeau. Trudeau, businessman and father of future Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau, would remain on the Montreal
Montreal
Baseball
Baseball
Club Inc. Board of Directors
Board of Directors
until his death in 1935.[4] Together these men financed and built Delorimier Stadium (also known as Montreal
Montreal
Stadium, Hector Racine Stadium and Delorimier Downs) [5] at Delorimier Avenue and Ontario Street in east-end Montreal
Montreal
to serve as the team's home field. This version of the Montreal
Montreal
Royals enjoyed great success, particularly after it became the top farm team of the Dodgers in 1939. The Royals launched the baseball careers of Sparky Anderson, Gene Mauch, Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente
and the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier with Montreal
Montreal
in 1946, Jackie Robinson. Other Royals' players of note include Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Chuck Connors, Walter Alston, Roy Campanella, Johnny Podres
Johnny Podres
and the winningest pitcher in the history of the team, Tommy Lasorda.[6]

The team holds a unique place in baseball history for being the first major-league affiliate to break the so-called "baseball color barrier". On October 23, 1945, two members of the Brooklyn National League Baseball
Baseball
Club Inc. Board of Directors, Montreal
Montreal
Royals owner and team president, Hector Racine, and Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers
general manager, Branch Rickey, signed Jackie Robinson, an African-American.[7][8] Robinson played with the Royals during the 1946 season. John Wright and Roy Partlow, black pitchers, also played with the Royals that year.[9] During that season, Robinson faced the race-related resistance from his manager, Mississippian Clay Hopper, and teammates but soon won them over with his masterful play (beginning with his spectacular debut in the opening game against the Jersey City Giants) and courage facing hostile crowds and opponents. As for his home city, he was welcomed immediately by the public, who followed his performance that season with intense adoration. For the rest of his life, Robinson remained grateful to the people of Montreal
Montreal
for making the city a welcoming oasis for him and his wife during that difficult 1946 season. They lived in an apartment in a white neighborhood of Montreal that summer.[10]

Statue at Montreal's Olympic Stadium of the Royals' most famous player, Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
made by sculptor Jules Lasalle.

Robinson then left to play for the Dodgers the following year, but not before winning the Little World Series and being chased by exultant Montreal
Montreal
fans right to the train as he left. In Ken Burns' documentary film Baseball, the narrator quotes Sam Maltin, a stringer for the Pittsburgh Courier: "It was probably the only day in history that a black man ran from a white mob with love instead of lynching on its mind." The Royals continued through the 1960 season, two years after the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. On September 13, 1960 Dodgers President Walter O'Malley
Walter O'Malley
announced that due to weak attendance, the Dodgers were ending their 21-year affiliation with the team. While a new affiliation with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
was arranged, efforts to keep the team in Montreal
Montreal
failed, and the franchise was relocated to Syracuse, New York for 1961, where it has played as the Syracuse Chiefs
Syracuse Chiefs
since. Montreal
Montreal
would gain an MLB team, the Expos, in 1969. Titles[edit] The Royals won the Governors' Cup, the championship of the IL, 7 times, and played in the championship series 11 times. For more details on their playoff history, please see Montreal
Montreal
Royals Accomplishments

1935 – Lost to Syracuse 1941 – Defeated Newark 1945 – Lost to Newark 1946 – Defeated Syracuse 1948 – Defeated Syracuse 1949 – Defeated Buffalo 1951 – Defeated Syracuse 1952 – Lost to Rochester 1953 – Defeated Rochester 1954 – Lost to Syracuse 1958 – Defeated Toronto

Montreal
Montreal
Royals records[edit]

Royals and Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
memorial at former location of Delorimier Stadium.

Year Wins Losses Percentage Finish

1897 49 76 .392 7th

1898 68 48 .586 1st

1899 62 51 .549 2nd

1900 54 72 .429 7th

1901 65 67 .492 6th

1902 59 77 .434 6th

1903 37 95 .280 7th

1904 67 62 .519 5th

1905 56 80 .412 6th

1906 57 83 .407 7th

1907 46 85 .351 8th

1908 64 75 .461 5th

1909 68 83 .450 6th

1910 71 80 .470 5th

1911 72 80 .474 5th

1912 71 81 .467 6th

1913 74 77 .490 5th

1914 60 89 .403 7th

1915 67 70 .489 5th

1916 75 64 .539 3rd

1917 56 94 .373 7th

1928 84 84 .500 5th

1929 88 79 .527 4th

1930 96 72 .571 3rd

1931 85 80 .515 4th

1932 90 78 .536 4th

1933 81 84 .490 6th

1934 73 77 .487 6th

1935 92 62 .597 1st

1936 71 81 .467 6th

1937 82 67 .550 2nd

1938 69 84 .451 6th

1939 64 88 .421 7th

1940 80 80 .500 5th

1941 90 64 .584 2nd

1942 82 71 .536 2nd

1943 76 76 .500 4th

1944 73 80 .477 6th

1945 95 58 .621 1st

1946 100 54 .649 1st

1947 93 60 .608 2nd

1948 94 59 .614 1st

1949 84 70 .545 3rd

1950 86 67 .562 2nd

1951 95 59 .617 1st

1952 95 56 .629 1st

1953 89 63 586 2nd

1954 88 66 .571 2nd

1955 95 59 .617 1st

1956 80 72 .526 4th

1957 68 86 .442 8th

1958 90 63 .588 1st

1959 72 82 .468 6th

1960 62 92 .403 8th

Montreal
Montreal
Royals managers[edit]

Year(s) Name

1897 George Weidman

1897–1902 Charles Dooley

1903 Gene DeMontreville

1904 Charlie Atherton

1904 Ed Barrow

1905–1906 James Bannon

1906–1907 Malachi Kittridge

1907 James Morgan

1908–1909 Doc Casey

1910 Ed Barrow

1911 Edward J. McCafferty

1912 Billy Lush

1912–1914 Kitty Bransfield

1914–1917 Dan Howley

1928 George Stallings

1928–1932 Ed Holly

1932–1933 Doc Gautreau

1933–1934 Oscar Roettger

1934–1936 Frank Shaughnessy

1936 Harry Smythe

1937–1938 Walter "Rabbit" Maranville

1938 Alex Hooks

1939 Burleigh Grimes

1940–1942 Clyde Sukeforth

1943 Fresco Thompson

1944–1945 Bruno Betzel

1946–1949 Clay Hopper

1950–1953 Walter Alston

1954 Max Macon

1955–1957 Greg Mulleavy

1957 Al Campanis

1957 Al Ronning

1957 Tommy Holmes

1958–1960 Clay Bryant

Notable former players[edit]

Joe Altobelli
Joe Altobelli
- World Series-winning manager Roy Campanella
Roy Campanella
- Major League Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente
- Major League Hall of Famer Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
- actor, Major League first baseman and pinch-hitter, NBA basketball player Don Drysdale
Don Drysdale
- Major League Hall of Famer George Gibson – Major League catcher and manager Jim Gilliam
Jim Gilliam
- Major League infielder Al Gionfriddo
Al Gionfriddo
- Major League outfielder Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda
- Major League Hall of Famer Sam Nahem
Sam Nahem
(1915–2004) - Major League pitcher Don Newcombe
Don Newcombe
- Major League pitcher Goody Rosen – Major League All Star outfielder Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
– Major League Hall of Famer Duke Snider
Duke Snider
- Major League Hall of Famer

References[edit] Notes

^ "1938 Montreal
Montreal
Royals". Baseball
Baseball
Reference. Retrieved November 23, 2015.  ^ "1937 Montreal
Montreal
Royals". Baseball
Baseball
Reference. Retrieved November 23, 2015.  ^ "Top 100 Teams". MiLB.com. 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017.  ^ "Canadian Broadcasting Corporation : Charles Trudeau ownership". CBC News.  ^ Baseball
Baseball
Reference: Delorimier Downs ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-24. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  ^ General Baseball
Baseball
History: Baseball's Negro Leagues ^ Society for American Baseball
Baseball
Research: Quebec ^ Hill, Benjamin (2007-02-14). "Forgotten members of the 'great experiment': Roy Partlow, John Wright lost in Dodgers' 1946 Minor League integration". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-03-17.  ^ "US to honor Robinson's Montreal
Montreal
home". FOXSports.com. Associated Press. February 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-27. ... the apartment the couple called home in the summer of 1946. 

Sources

Brown, William (foreword by Ken Singleton) Baseball's Fabulous Montreal
Montreal
Royals (1996) Robert Davies Publishing ISBN 1-895854-64-4

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Baseball

NL Montreal
Montreal
Expos IL (AAA) Montreal
Montreal
Royals EL (AA) Quebec
Quebec
Metros/Québec Carnavals Sherbrooke Pirates Trois-Rivières Aigles Thetford Mines Pirates CBL Montreal
Montreal
Royales Trois-Rivières Saints CAN-AM Trois-Rivières Renards Trois-Rivières Royals

Basketball

NBL Montreal
Montreal
Dragons PBL Montreal
Montreal
Sasquatch ABA Montreal
Montreal
Matrix

Football

CFL Montreal
Montreal
Concordes Continental Football League Montreal
Montreal
Beavers UFL Quebec
Quebec
Rifles WLAF Montreal
Montreal
Machine CMFL Rouyn-Noranda Fantassins Val D'Or Jets EFL Montreal
Montreal
Condors CJFL Chateauguay Ramblers Laval Cobras Laval Scorpions Loyola College Montreal
Montreal
AAA Montreal
Montreal
Junior Alouettes Montreal
Montreal
Junior Concordes Montreal
Montreal
Rose Bombers Montreal
Montreal
Westmounts Notre-Dame-de-Grace Maple Leafs South Shore Packers Verdun Invictus Verdun Maple Leafs Verdun Shamcats QJFL North Shore Broncos Valleyfield Phalanges

Hockey

NHL/NHA/WHA Montreal
Montreal
Maroons Montreal
Montreal
Shamrocks Montreal
Montreal
Wanderers Quebec
Quebec
Bulldogs Quebec
Quebec
Nordiques AHL Montreal
Montreal
Voyageurs Quebec
Quebec
Aces Quebec
Quebec
Citadelles Sherbrooke Canadiens Sherbrooke Jets IHL Quebec
Quebec
Rafales LNAH Asbestos Aztecs Granby Prédateurs LaSalle Rapides Louiseville Jets Saguenay Fjord Rivière-du-Loup Promutuel Sorel Royeaux Trois-Rivières Vikings NWHL Montreal
Montreal
Axion Quebec
Quebec
Avalanche OHA Montreal
Montreal
Junior Canadiens Early amateur Montreal
Montreal
Hockey Club Montreal
Montreal
Shamrocks Montreal
Montreal
Victorias Montreal
Montreal
Wanderers Quebec
Quebec
Bulldogs QMJHL See league article QSHL (defunct) Montreal
Montreal
Pats NOJHL Temiscaming Royals

Lacrosse

NLL Montreal
Montreal
Express NLL 1974-75 Quebec
Quebec
Caribou

Soccer

NASL Montreal
Montreal
Manic Montreal
Montreal
Olympique Canadian Soccer League Laval Dynamites Canadian Soccer League
Canadian Soccer League
(1987–92) Montreal
Montreal
Supra USL W-League Montreal
Montreal
Xtreme

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Loyola College Warriors MacDonald College Aggies Sir George Willia

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