Jarry Park

Aerial view of Jarry Park

Montreal, Quebec

Tenant: Montreal Expos (NL)
Opened: n/a
First Expos game: April 14, 1969
Last Expos game: September 26, 1976
Current status: Tennis stadium
Capacity: 3,000 (1968); 28,456 (1969)
Surface: Grass

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Location: About 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) from downtown Montreal. First base, Rue Faillon; right field, Boulevard St. Laurent and public swimming pool; left field, Rue Jarry; third base, Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks.

Dimensions: Left field: 340 ft.; left-center: 368 ft.; center field: 415 ft. (1969), 417 ft. (1971), 420 ft. (1974); right-center: 368 ft.; right field: 340 ft.; backstop: 62 ft.

Fences: 8 ft. (1969); 5 ft. (1970); 8 ft. (1976)

Jarry Park and the scoreboard
Jarry Park grandstand

Montreal was granted Canada's first Major League Baseball franchise in 1968 with the proviso that the team find a suitable place to play, pending the eventual construction of a promised domed stadium. Jarry Park (Parc Jarry) Stadium was a 3,000 seat municipally owned ballpark located in a corner of Jarry Park. The city expanded the seating capacity to nearly 28,500 in time for the Expos' 1969 inaugural season and the team played there until they moved into Olympic Stadium in 1977. Jarry Park is still standing and is used regularly for social and civic events, professional tennis and other large outdoor gatherings.

Recommended Reading (bibliography):

  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
  • The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
  • City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
  • Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
  • Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
  • Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
  • Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
  • The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).

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Aerial view of Jarry Park courtesy of Dennis Goldstein.
View of right field scoreboard courtesy of the Franklin Digital Collection.
View of grandstand by Munsey & Suppes.

Updated November 2004

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