MONTREAL BASEBALL PROJECT
Montreal Baseball Project’s goal is to bring Major League Baseball back to Montreal. Part of the city’s fabric for more than a century, baseball is a wholesome family entertainment option that grows in worldwide popularity every year. With a metropolitan area population of nearly 4 million people, Montreal is currently the largest North American city without a baseball franchise. Montreal Baseball Project seeks to build upon the recent groundswell of demand for baseball in Montreal and deliver a team back to the community.
The history of baseball in Montreal is long and rich, dating back to the Montreal Royals’ first season in 1897. In the 1940s and '50s, Delorimier Stadium was home to the likes of Don Drysdale, Roberto Clemente, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, and the unforgettable Jackie Robinson while the Royals served as the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm club. In 1969, the Montreal Expos became Major League Baseball’s first non-U.S. franchise and went on to thrill the city for 36 seasons. A passionate fanbase fondly recalls the exploits of Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Andre Dawson, as well as Cooperstown-bound stars like Tim Raines, Pedro Martinez, and Vladimir Guerrero.
In recent months, a new attitude toward baseball has developed in Montreal. Optimism and forward-looking thinking have replaced frustrations over past disappointments. Montrealers want to once again experience the thrill and excitement of baseball with their families. Montreal Baseball Project aims to turn desire into action by taking the necessary steps to see the game return to the city.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF MONTREAL BASEBALL PROJECT
Warren Cromartie suited up for over a thousand games with the Montreal Expos between 1974 and 1983. “Cro,” a fan favourite to this day, famously waved the Canadian flag at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia after recording the final out in the Expos’ victory over the Phillies to capture the 1981 NL East Division Championship. In 1984, Cromartie became perhaps the most prominent American ballplayer still in his prime to sign with a Japanese baseball team. Cro led the Yomiuri Tokyo Giants in RBIs three times, twice in homeruns and batting average, and was named Central League MVP in 1989 en route to a Japan League Championship for the Giants. In 1991, Cromartie returned to North America for a final Major League season, hitting .313 for the Kansas City Royals.
A native of Miami, Florida, Cromartie has kept close ties with the Montreal community since the end of his playing days through charitable work, speaking engagements, and involvement with local businesses. In 2012, Cromartie founded Montreal Baseball Project, transferring the same passion and hustle he employed on the playing field to the ongoing campaign to bring baseball back to Montreal.