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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are elected to the Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are elected to the Hall of Fame

If the last strike killed baseball in Montreal, Rick Monday wounded it.

Get to the World Series, and a town falls in love with its team — not just the diehards, but the citizens more interested in civic pride than Curtis Pride. Before the 1994 Expos — the best team in baseball when the strike hit — there were the 1981 Expos.

They were one win from the World Series. On what will forever be known as “Blue Monday” in Montreal, the outfielder named Monday hit the ninth-inning home run that propelled the Dodgers into the World Series and dashed the dreams of a province.

What might not have been fully apparent until Wednesday is how...

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