#Shortstops: A Patch of Royalty
But before the Expos brought Major League Baseball to Canada, the minor league Montreal Royals was the city’s baseball team.
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The Royals were one of the most well-known and successful teams in Minor League Baseball history.
In the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection is a Montreal Royals patch that is dated from the 1950s. The patch is 4.5 x 4.75 inches and was originally sold in a store in Canada. Even though Montreal Royals players never wore this patch on their uniform sleeves, young Canadian ballplayers could sew the patch on their sleeves and imitate their favorite Royal players while playing their baseball games.
The Royals left Montreal for Syracuse, N.Y., after the 1960 season.
Matthew Carter was the 2019 curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development