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The Expos came into being in the 1969 expansion that split the leagues into divisions. They finished last their first two seasons, but bright spots included Coco Laboy being named <if>TSN NL Rookie of the Year in 1969 and Carl Morton winning the BBWAA 's Rookie of the Year award in 1970. Expo Bill Stoneman pitched the first ML no-hitter outside the United States in 1972, and the club contended in 1973 under manager Gene Mauch. The team dropped back to the 100-loss level in 1976 after Mauch left. The development of stars Andre Dawson, Gary Carter, and Larry Parrish led to the team's first winning season in 1979 when they won a franchise-record 95 games and finished second. In the strike-split 1981 season, the Expos won their division, but through the first half of the decade they earned a reputation as a club that was great on paper but just above average on the field.