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Robinson with the Royals.

The Montreal Royals played in the IL fore-runner Eastern League from 1897 to 1902, then were bought by Ned Hanlon and moved to Baltimore. The Worcester franchise was moved to Montreal in mid-1903 and played in the EL until 1911 (known as the Montreal Canucks in 1906 only) and the International League from 1912 to 1917. The Royals returned to the IL from 1928 to 1960. They played their home games at Montreal Stadium (better known as Delorimier Downs). The Royals won the pennant in 1935, and in 1939, they were bought by the Brooklyn Dodgers, who made them their top minor league club. Between 1941 and 1958, the Royals made the playoffs 16 times and won 7 league titles. In 1946, Jackie Robinson spent a season with the Royals on his way to breaking the major league color barrier. Don Drysdale, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider are among the other Dodger greats to wear a Royals uniform. Tom Lasorda also pitched for the Royals for much of the 1950's. When the Dodgers dropped from three AAA clubs to two, they decided to drop out of the International League and on September 7, 1960, the Montreal Royals played their last game.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1897 21-34 (45-76 overall) 7th Dan Shannon / George Wiedman / Charles Dooley Rochester moved to Montreal July 16
1898 68-48 1st Charles Dooley none League Champs
1899 61-50 2nd Charles Dooley none
1900 53-71 7th Charles Dooley none
1901 64-66 5th Charles Dooley none
1902 58-78 7th Charles Dooley none
1903 12-54 (37-93 overall) 7th Zeke Wrigley / Bill Clancy / Gene DeMontreville none Worcester moved to Montreal July 21
1904 67-62 5th Charlie Atherton / Ed Barrow none
1905 56-80 6th Jimmy Bannon none
1907 46-85 8th Mal Kittridge / Red Morgan none
1908 64-75 5th Doc Casey none
1909 68-83 6th Doc Casey none
1910 71-80 5th Ed Barrow none
1911 72-80 5th Ed McCafferty none
1912 71-81 6th Billy Lush / Joe Yeager / Kitty Bransfield none
1913 74-77 5th Kitty Bransfield none
1914 60-89 7th Kitty Bransfield / Dan Howley none
1915 67-70 5th Dan Howley none
1916 75-64 3rd Dan Howley none
1917 56-94 7th Dan Howley none
1922 55-69 4th Larry Carmel / Bill Innes none
1923 66-52 1st Harry Hoffman none League Champs
1924 54-55 2nd Patsy O'Rourke / White Zilenger none
1928 84-84 5th (t) George Stallings / Ed Holly none
1929 88-79 4th Ed Holly none
1930 96-72 3rd Ed Holly none
1931 85-80 4th Ed Holly none
1932 90-78 4th Ed Holly / Doc Gautreau none
1933 81-84 6th Doc Gautreau / Oscar Roettger
1934 73-77 6th Frank Shaughnessy
1935 92-62 1st Frank Shaughnessy Lost League Finals
1936 71-81 6th Frank Shaughnessy (55-60) / Harry Smythe (16-21)
1937 82-67 2nd Rabbit Maranville Lost in 1st round
1938 69-84 6th Rabbit Maranville / Alex Hooks
1939 64-88 7th Burleigh Grimes
1940 80-80 5th Clyde Sukeforth
1941 90-64 2nd Clyde Sukeforth League Champs
1942 82-71 2nd Clyde Sukeforth Lost in 1st round
1943 76-76 4th Fresco Thompson Lost in 1st round
1944 73-80 6th Bruno Betzel
1945 95-58 1st Bruno Betzel Lost League Finals
1946 100-54 1st Clay Hopper League Champs
1947 93-60 2nd Clay Hopper Lost in 1st round
1948 94-59 1st Clay Hopper League Champs
1949 84-70 3rd Clay Hopper League Champs
1950 86-67 2nd Walter Alston Lost in 1st round
1951 95-59 1st Walter Alston League Champs
1952 95-56 1st Walter Alston Lost League Finals
1953 89-63 2nd Walter Alston League Champs
1954 88-66 2nd Max Macon Lost League Finals
1955 95-59 1st Greg Mulleavy Lost in 1st round
1956 80-72 4th Greg Mulleavy Lost in 1st round
1957 68-86 8th Greg Mulleavy / Al Campanis (6/14-6/24) /
Al Ronning (6/24-6/27) / Tommy Holmes
1958 90-63 1st Clay Bryant League Champs
1959 72-82 6th Clay Bryant
1960 62-92 8th Clay Bryant
1909 team members

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[edit] Further Reading

  • William Brown: Baseball's Fabulous Montreal Royals, Robert Davies Publishing, Montreal, QC, 1996.
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