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The Pearson Cup was an annual mid-season Major League Baseball exhibition game between former Canadianmarker rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montréal Expos. Named after former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, it was originally created to raise money for minor league baseball in Canada. In later years, it was incorporated into the interleague baseball schedule.

The series began in , and ran for eight more seasons until . Due to a strike, no game was played in . In the series was revived as part of the Blue Jays-Expos interleague rivalry. It continued on into the season, before the Expos moved to Washington, D.C.marker and became the Washington Nationals. The cup is now on display in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Famemarker.

Results

From 1978-1986 the Cup was awarded after a one game exhibition, that had no effect on the major league standings. During the 2003 and 2004 series, the Cup was awarded after a six game set, three in Toronto and three in Montréal. These games did count toward the major league standings and were during the regular season.

 Season  Date   Location   Winning team  Runs   Losing team   Attendance   Cumulative
record 
Single game scores
June 29 Olympic Stadium marker Montréal 5–4 Toronto 20,221 Montréal 1-0-(0)
April 19 Exhibition Stadiummarker (Toronto) (tied) 4–4 (tied) 21,564 Montréal 1-0-(1)
July 31 Olympic Stadium (Montréal) Montréal 3–1 Toronto 6,731 Montréal 2-0-(1)
July 6 Exhibition Stadium (Toronto) Cancelled due to Players' strike Montréal 2-0-(1)
Sept. 2 Exhibition Stadium (Toronto) Montréal 7–3 Toronto 23,102 Montréal 3-0-(1)
May 5 Olympic Stadium (Montréal) Toronto 7–5 Montréal 8,291 Montréal 3-1-(1)
May 24 Exhibition Stadium (Toronto) Toronto 2–1 Montréal 24,768 Montréal 3-2-(1)
May 9 Olympic Stadium (Montréal) (tied) 2–2 (tied) 11,075 Montréal 3-2-(2)
April 28 Exhibition Stadium (Toronto) Toronto 5–2 Montréal 16,786 Tied 3-3-(2)
Three-game series
 Season   Date   Location  Winning team  Games   Result   Average
Attendance
 Cumulative
record 
June 20-22 Olympic Stadium marker Toronto 2–1 (tied) 12,782 Tied 3-3-(3)
June 27-29 SkyDomemarker (Toronto) Montréal 2–1 31,571
June 25-27 SkyDome (Toronto) Toronto 2–1 (tied) 22,091 Tied 3-3-(4)
July 2-4 Hiram Bithorn Stadiummarker
(San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker)
Montréal 2–1 8,443


The All-Canadian Series

The Blue Jays and Expos first played meaningful baseball in the season with the introduction of interleague play. Originally one game sets, the two teams played home and home series for the first time in . The series was a boost to the paltry attendance numbers at both the Olympic Stadiummarker in Montréal and the SkyDomemarker in Toronto, but failed to become a serious rivalry amongst the players or the fans. Some people attribute this to lack of Canadian players on both teams, while others point to the general malaise of Canadians with Major League Baseball during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Major League Baseball put the final nail in the Series' coffin by playing the final set between the Jays and 'Spos in San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker instead of Montréal, making it even worse, the series included Canada Day. This is seen by many baseball fans in Canada as the ultimate disrespect to the series and to baseball north of the border. The All-Canadian Series ended after 2004 when the Expos were relocated to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals. The Blue Jays won the series 24 games to 19 games, and Toronto also won the most season series (3-2-2).

Here's how the series broke down in number of games won.

  • 1997: Expos 2, Blue Jays 1
  • 1998: Blue Jays 4, Expos 0
  • 1999: Blue Jays 4, Expos 2
  • 2000: Blue Jays 4, Expos 2
  • 2001: Tie, 3-3
  • 2002: Expos 4, Blue Jays 2
  • 2003: Tie, 3-3
  • 2004: Tie, 3-3


Notes

Canadian Bill Atkinson was the winning pitcher and scored the winning run for the Expos in the first-ever Pearson Cup game at the Olympic Stadiummarker in 1978.

See also



External links

  • http://www.canadianbaseballnews.com/MonExpos/PearsonCup.html



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