Lethbridge Expos

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The Lethbridge Expos arrived in Lethbridge, AB 65 years after the city had last hosted a professional baseball team. In their debut 1975 season the team went 35-37, third in the 4-team Pioneer League, under manager Van Kelly. Steve Ratzer (3-4, 5 Sv, 2.33) was third in the league in ERA and second in saves for a team that seemingly played in a high-offense environment (league-high 403 runs and 437 runs allowed). 1B Ray Crowley was second in the league in average and hit .338/~.495/.543. He did not make the All-Star team, but two outfielders did - Andy Dyes (.324/~.393/.407, a league-high 58 RBI) and Andre Dawson (.330/~.389/.553, the league leader with 99 hits, 166 total bases and 13 homers and presumably the slugging leader as well).

In 1976 Walt Hriniak managed the team to a last-place (30-42) finish. They again led in runs (449) and allowed 434 (3rd), a positive run differential despite their bad record. 3B John Scoras (.370/~.449/.619) led the league in batting average, hits (101), total bases (169), homers (13), RBI (63) and tied for the doubles lead (17) in winning a Triple Crown, the only one in the Pioneer League between 1961 and 1997. He was joined on the All-Star team by catcher Doug Simunic (.244/~.371/.413). David Palmer (0-5, 7.20) had a horrible year but went on to the best major-league career from the team.

Lethbridge switched affiliations and in 1977 became the Lethbridge Dodgers.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager
1975 35-37 3rd Van Kelly
1976 30-42 4th Walt Hriniak