The Québec Capitales
are a professional baseball team based in Quebec City
Quebec , also Québec, Quebec City or Québec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and is located within the Capitale-Nationale region. It is the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about to the southwest...
, in Canada
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. The Capitales are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball
The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, based in Durham, North Carolina, is a professional, independent baseball league located in the Northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec. It operates in cities not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is...
, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball
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. Since the 1999 season to the present, the Capitales have played their home games at Stade Municipal
Stade Municipal is a stadium in Quebec City, Quebec. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Quebec Capitales Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball minor league baseball team. It originally opened in 1938. It holds 4,800 people and is located in the...
The team was established in 1999 as a member of the independent Northern League. The team's name in French is Les Capitales de Québec
Québec City has been home to many baseball teams. The Québec Athletics played in the Québec Provincial League during the 1940 season, and in the Canadian-American League from 1941 to 1942. The Québec Alouettes followed as a member of the Canadian-American League from 1946 to 1948. The Quebec Braves played from 1949 to 1950, as they too were part of the Canadian-American League, and from 1950 to 1951 in the Provincial League. The Québec Carnavals
The Québec Carnavals were a minor league baseball team in the Eastern League. They were known as the Quebec Metros from 1976-1977.After the team moved, Québec was without a minor league baseball team until the Québec Capitales began play in the Northern League in 1999.-Year-by-year record:...
were the AA affiliate of the Montreal Expos
The Montreal Expos were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec from 1969 through 2004, holding the first MLB franchise awarded outside the United States. After the 2004 season, MLB moved the Expos to Washington, D.C. and renamed them the Nationals.Named after the Expo 67 World's...
from 1971 through 1975, as members of the Eastern League
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. In 1976, the team changed its name to the Québec Metros, and continued to play until 1977.
In 1999, the Capitales joined the Northern League (East Division) as an expansion team. The team now plays in the Can-Am League, the successor of the Northeast League. The Capitales are one of the more successful teams in the Can-Am League on and off the field. Among the tops in attendance every season averaging over 3,000 fans per game since 2001. The Capitales since 2000 have made the playoffs 10 times.
In 2006, the Capitales won their first championship in team history. Although the team had the second worst record in team history they still qualified for last post season spot with a 44-44 record. They defeated the top seed North Shore Spirit
The North Shore Spirit was a minor-league baseball team based in Lynn, Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. The Spirit played in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball , an independent league that is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or with the Minor League Baseball...
in dramatic come from behind fashion winning the last two games to win the series 3 games to 2. In the championship series the Capitales took a 2 games to none advantage before the Brockton Rox
The Brockton Rox were a professional baseball team based in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the United States. The Rox were a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2002 season to 2011, the Rox played their home...
came back to even the series. In the final and decisive game the Capitales defeated the Rox on their home field by coming from behind and won by a score of 5-4 to win the Can-Am League Championship 3 games to 2.
In 2009 the Capitales became the first franchise in the re-born Can-Am League to win multiple championships and the fourth team in the entire history of the Northeast/Can-An League to win more than one championship (joining the New Jersey Jackals
The New Jersey Jackals are a professional baseball team based in Little Falls, New Jersey, in the United States. The Jackals are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball...
, who won two Northeast League and two Northern League championships, the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs
The Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs were a minor league baseball team based in Albany, New York from 1995 to 2002. The team played at Heritage Park in Colonie. The Diamond Dogs competed in the Northeast League from 1995-98 and then in the Northern League when the two leagues merged prior to the 1999...
, who won the first Northeast League Championship and one Northern League Championship, and the Adirondack Lumberjacks
The Adirondack Lumberjacks were an independent professional baseball team based in Glens Falls, New York. The team moved to Bangor, Maine and became the Bangor Lumberjacks following the 2002 season...
, who won one Northeast League and one Northern League championship). The Capitales won the 2nd half regular season championship and finished the season with the 3rd best overall record (53-41). The Capitales eliminated the Brockton Rox 3 games to 1 in the opening round. In a rematch of the 2005 championship the Capitales got revenge by eliminating the Worcester Tornadoes
The Worcester Tornadoes are a professional baseball team based in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. The Tornadoes are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball...
3 games to 1. In 2010, the Capitales obtained a second consecutive championship, passing by the Pittsfield Colonials 3 games to 1.
In 2011, the Capitales won their third championship in a row (fourth in all) by defeating the New Jersey Jackals 3 games to 1.
Northern League, East
Opening round to Adirondack Lumberjacks 3 games to 1
Opening round to Adirondack Lumberjacks 3 games to 2
North East League
Opening round to North Shore Spirit 3 games to 0
Opening round to North Shore Spirit 3 games to 2
Opening round over Brockton Rox 3 games to 0 Lost
Championship to Worcester Tornadoes 3 games to 0
Opening round over North Shore Spirit 3 games to 2 Won
Championship over Brockton Rox 3 games to 2
Opening round over Atlantic City Surf 3 games to 1 Lost
Championship to Sussex Skyhawks 3 games to 0
Opening round over Brockton Rox 3 games to 1 Won
Championship over Worcester Tornadoes 3 games to 1
Opening round over New Jersey Jackals 3 games to 0 Won
Championship over Pittsfield Colonials 3 games to 1
Opening round over Brockton Rox 3 games to 0 Won
Championship over New Jersey Jackals 3 games to 1
Logos and uniforms
The official colours of the Québec Capitales are navy blue and gold. The primary logo consists of a white baseball diamond with navy blue pinstripes. The "Capitales" wordmark is superimposed over the diamond in navy blue outlined in gold. The wordmark is underlined by a navy blue ribbon with the word "Québec" centered on it in white, with the French word "de" centered in between. A navy blue fleur-de-lis
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is centered above the wordmark, with a stylized depiction of home plate centered below.
The Québec Capitales uniforms are traditional in design. The caps are navy blue throughout with the scripted "Q" cap logo centered on the front in gold with a white centre incorporating a navy blue fleur-de-lis and red baseball threading. The home jerseys are white with navy blue pinstripes, with the "Capitales" cursive script wordmark centered across in navy blue with gold outline. The alternate jersey is navy blue with gold piping with the cap logo centered on the left-side chest.
- Current uniform
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colours: White with navy pinstripes for home games and grey for away games. The home with the word "Capitales" across the front and number on the back. Navy blue hats with the letter "Q" with fleur-de-lis superimposed over a baseball. Alternate uniforms are navy blue with the "Q" cap logo centered on the left chest.
- Current logo design: The word "Capitales" in script in navy blue with gold outline superimposed over a white baseball diamond with navy blue pinstripes.
- Current mascot
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: Capi (1999-present).
- Current Broadcasters: Radio: Jacques Doucet and François Paquet for home game, and François Paquet for road games.
- Current Radio Station: Québec 800 AM