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West Palm Beach Expos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

West Palm Beach Expos
19651997
West Palm Beach, Florida
Class-level
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  • Class A-Advanced (1990–1997)
  • Class A (1965–1989)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueFlorida State League (1965-1997)
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 2 (1974, 1991)
Team data
Previous names
Previous parks

The West Palm Beach Expos were a Florida State League minor league baseball team which existed from 1969 through the 1997 season in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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History

The West Palm Beach Expos were a Class A affiliate of the Montreal Expos and played their home games at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium.

Evolving from the West Palm Beach Indians and directly from the West Palm Beach Braves (1965-1968), they were one of the longest existing Florida State League teams. In 1998, the team moved to nearby Jupiter and became today's Jupiter Hammerheads.

Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Gary Carter (1972), Vladimir Guerrero (1996-1997), Randy Johnson (1986), Tim Raines (1978) and Larry Walker (1986) played for West Palm Beach.

The 1990 Expos were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.[1]

The ballpark

The Expos played at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium, which was located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive West Palm Beach, Florida. The stadium was the longtime spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. It was demolished in 2002 and is now the site of retail stores.[2][3]

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

Year-by-year record

(from Baseball Reference.com)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1969 56-73 10th Ed Sadowski
1970 79-50 2nd J.W. Porter Lost in 1st round
1971 58-81 11th Bobby Malkmus
1972 64-65 7th Lance Nichols
1973 80-58 1st Lance Nichols Lost League Finals
1974 79-53 2nd Walt Hriniak  League Champs
1975 58-77 7th Gordon Mackenzie
1976 63-79 7th Gordon Mackenzie
1977 77-55 3rd Felipe Alou Lost in 1st round
1978 67-77 10th Larry Bearnarth
1979 79-65 4th Larry Bearnarth
1980 64-73 7th Bob Bailey
1981 65-71 7th Bob Bailey
1982 54-80 9th Junior Miner
1983 75-57 4th Tommy Thompson
1984 72-72 6th Tommy Thompson
1985 74-66 6th Junior Miner
1986 80-55 3rd Felipe Alou Lost League Finals
1987 75-63 5th (t) Felipe Alou
1988 71-63 7th Felipe Alou Lost in 2nd round
1989 74-64 7th Felipe Alou
1990 92-40 1st Felipe Alou Lost League Finals
1991 72-59 5th (t) Felipe Alou League Champs
1992 76-61 4th Dave Jauss Lost in 1st round
1993 69-67 8th Rob Leary
1994 71-60 3rd Rob Leary Lost in 1st round
1995 54-81 14th Gomer Hodge (19-35) / Rick Sofield (35-46)
1996 68-67 7th Rick Sofield
1997 69-66 6th Doug Sisson

References

  1. ^ "Top 100 Teams". MiLB.com. 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Dolch, Craig. "Remembering the last spring-training game at West Palm Beach's Municipal Stadium". The Palm Beach Post.
  3. ^ "» West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium". Deadball Baseball.


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