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Delorimier Stadium
Montreal Stadium
Hector Racine Stadium
Delorimier Downs

Delorimier Stadium

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Address 2101 Ontario Street East
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  The Facility  
Date Built May 1928
Date Demolished 1971
Ownership
(Management)
Unknown
(Unknown)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Capacity 20,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Montreal Alouettes
(CFL) (1946-1953)
Montreal Royals
(1928-1960)
(1946-1953)
Population Base 3,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Sources: Mediaventures

Montreal rejoined the International League in 1928. The new Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers' top farm club, played in a new concrete and steel ball park known officially as Montreal Stadium, more commonly as Delorimier Downs.

Home plate was located near the corner of Ontario and Delorimier Streets, in Montreal's East End. Delorimier ran╩along the third╩base line. Lariviere Street bordered the left field wall, and Parthenais Street ran behind the right field scoreboard (there were no outfield╩stands). Ontario, one of the main streets in the East End, bordered the first base line. In some pictures of the ball park, the Grover Knit-To-Fit Mills building, topped by its water tower, is visible behind the scoreboard.

The triple-A Royals were the last stop for many Dodger farmhands on their way to the major leagues. Boys Of Summer Carl Furillo, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jim Gilliam, and Don Newcombe played on this field. Don Drysdale later pitched here, as did future Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda.

Delorimier Downs' most notable alumnus was a young man from Georgia via the University of╩California at Los Angeles, who reprersented Dodger boss Branch Rickey's boldest experiment, Jackie Robinson.

Rickey had decided to integrate the major leagues. Once he found a player with the right combination of talent and temperament, the plan was to start him in multi-cultural Montreal, where he'd feel more at ease than in the racially polarized United States.

Unpredictable, often nasty April weather always had the Royals opening on the road. Jackie broke the color line in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium, but called Delorimier Downs home for the 1946 season. The Royals clinched the Junior World Series at home, defeating the American Association champion Louisville Colonels. Fans celebrated in the streets of Montreal. One sportswriter noted that it was probably the first time white people has chased a black man with love, and not hate, on their minds.

Montreal Alouettes/Montreal Concordes

Delorimier
Stadium

Delorimier Stadium

1946-1953
Percival Molson
Memorial Stadium

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium

1954-1967

Autostade
Autostade

1968-1971
Percival Molson
Memorial Stadium

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium

1972
Autostade
Autostade

1973-1976
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Olympic Stadium

1977-1986


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