Before the Washington Nationals were breaking the hearts of a fan base, their organizational forerunners, the Montreal Expos, were doing much the same thing. Throughout their time in Montreal, the Expos flirted with excellence and competed with the best teams in baseball. And they managed to come up a little bit short. Some years, like 1994, it wasn’t even their own doing.
But during this organization’s time in Montreal, they also were pretty consistently competitive and often under the radar. This page is devoted to preserving the high points of Montreal Expos history. TheSportsNotebook has individual articles on each season during their two best runs, from 1979-81 and again in 1992-94.
Oddly enough, players’ strikes defined Montreal’s two best seasons. In 1981, the strike was resolved, in time to create an expanded playoff and the first installment of the Division Series. They Expos made it all the way through the NLCS that year. In 1994, the team was even better—the best in baseball—but in that case, the strike was never resolved. They would go into the books as an uncrowned champion.
Below are links to the individual articles about the seasons during those two good runs for the franchise. There are also links to game-by-game narratives about the 1981 playoff matchups with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. We only wish there was something to write about for the 1994 postseason.