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1994-2005 Vermont Expos

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Vermont Expos ProgramNew York-Penn League (1994-2005)

Born: 1993 – The Jamestown Expos relocate to Burlington, VT.
Re-Branded: 2005 (Vermont Lake Monsters)

Stadium: Centennial Field

Major League Affiliation: Montreal Expos

Owner: Ray Pecor

New York-Penn League Champions: 1996

 

The Vermont Expos were the short-season Class A farm club of the Montreal Expos during the final decade of that Major League club’s existence.  The Expos won their lone New York-Penn League crown during their third season of play in 1996.

Based in Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, the Expos played in the oldest minor league ballpark in America, Centennial Field.  Depending on who’s doing the counting, the 4,400 seat park was built in 1906 or 1922 (when much of the park was re-built after an earlier fire). Either way, Centennial indisputably became the oldest ballpark in minor league baseball after Pittsfield, Massachusetts lost its own New York-Penn League franchise in 2001.

The Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C. after the 2004 season and became the Washington Nationals.  Thanks to a delay in re-branding the ball club, Vermont played one final season with the Expos nickname in 2005.  During the 2005 season, a fan contest to re-name the team drew more than 30,000 entries.  “Vermont Lake Monsters” beat out “Green Mountain Boys” and the franchise plays on today at Centennial Field as an Oakland A’s affiliate.

 

Vermont Expos Memorabilia

 

Links

The Last Team With the Expos Nickname Will Play Its Final Game“, David Leonhardt, The New York Times, September 8, 2005

New York-Penn League Media Guides

New York-Penn League Programs

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Written by AC

July 5th, 2015 at 3:00 am

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