1979 Montreal Expos season

1979 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Bronfman
General manager(s) John McHale
Manager(s) Dick Williams
Local television CBC Television
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
Télévision de Radio-Canada
(Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
Local radio CFCF (English)
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
CKAC (French)
(Claude Raymond, Jacques Doucet)
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The 1979 Montreal Expos season was the 11th in franchise history. The team finished second in the National League East with a record of 95-65, 2 games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason

Spring training

The Expos held spring training at City Island Ball Park in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was their seventh season there.

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9864 0.605 48–33 50–31
Montreal Expos 9565 0.594 2 56–25 39–40
St. Louis Cardinals 8676 0.531 12 42–39 44–37
Philadelphia Phillies 8478 0.519 14 43–38 41–40
Chicago Cubs 8082 0.494 18 45–36 35–46
New York Mets 6399 0.389 35 28–53 35–46

Record vs. opponents

1979 National League Records

Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta4–86–127–1112–61–94–87–54–86–1211–74–8
Chicago8–47–56–65–76–128–109–96–129–38–48–10
Cincinnati12–65–78–1011–76–68–48–48–410–76–128–4
Houston11–76–610–810–87–59–35–74–814–47–116–6
Los Angeles 6–127–57–118–106–69–33–94–89–914–46–6
Montreal9–112–66–65–76–615–311–77–117–57–510–8
New York8–410–84–83–93–93–155–138–10–14–88–47–11
Philadelphia5-79–94–87–59–37–1113–58–109–36–67–11–1
Pittsburgh8–412–64–88–48–411–710–8–110–87–59–311–7
San Diego12–63–97–104–149–95–78–43–95–78–104–8
San Francisco7–114–812–611–74–145–74–86–63–910–85–7
St. Louis8–410–84–86–66–68–1011–711–7–17–118–47–5

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

  • June 13, 1979: The Expos traded a player to be named later and cash to the San Francisco Giants for John Tamargo. The Expos completed the deal by sending Joe Pettini to the Giants on March 15, 1980.[9]
  • July 20, 1979: The Expos traded a player to be named later and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Rusty Staub. The Expos completed the deal by sending Randy Schafer (minors) to the Tigers on December 3.[10]

Youppi!

Youppi!, a creation of Acme Mascots, Inc. (a division of Harrison/Erickson, Inc.), was commissioned by Expos vice-president Roger D. Landry. Originally leased by the team in 1979, the mascot was eventually purchased by the Expos and represented the team.

Roster

1979 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CGary Carter141505143.2832275
1BTony Perez132489132.2701373
2BRodney Scott151562134.238342
SSChris Speier11334478.227726
3BLarry Parrish153544167.3073082
LFWarren Cromartie158659181.275846
CFAndre Dawson155639176.2752592
RFEllis Valentine146548151.2762182

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dave Cash7618760.321219
Jerry White8813841.297318
Tommy Hutton868321.253113
Duffy Dyer287418.24318
Jim Mason407113.18306
Ken Macha203610.27804
John Tamargo12218.38105

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Rogers37248.213123.00143
Bill Lee3322216103.0459
Scott Sanderson24168.0983.43138
Dan Schatzeder21162.01052.83106
Ross Grimsley27151.11095.3542

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Palmer36122.21022.6372

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Stan Bahnsen513153.1571
Woodie Fryman4436102.7944
Bill Atkinson102011.987

Awards and honors

All-Stars

1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears American Association Jack McKeon
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Billy Gardner
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Larry Bearnarth
Short-Season A Jamestown Expos New York–Penn League Pat Daugherty
Rookie Calgary Expos Pioneer League Bob Bailey

Notes

  1. Duffy Dyer at Baseball Reference
  2. Ken Macha at Baseball Reference
  3. Stan Papi at Baseball Reference
  4. Jim Mason at Baseball Reference
  5. Randy St. Claire at Baseball Reference
  6. Sam Mejías at Baseball Reference
  7. Mike Garman at Baseball Reference
  8. Dave Campbell at Baseball Reference
  9. John Tamargo at Baseball Reference
  10. Rusty Staub at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
  • 1979 Montreal Expos at Baseball Reference
  • 1979 Montreal Expos at Baseball Almanac
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