Parc Atwater was a quaint little wooden ballpark built on the corner of St. Catherine West and Atwater Avenue. It was a simple but relatively well built home for the new Montreal Royals in the International League of 1890 (the team also played in Buffalo's Olympic Park that season). It only lasted for the one season and then professional baseball was gone again for seven more years. In 1897 the "Rochester Brownies" moved to Montreal mid-season just like Buffalo had, joining other teams from Scranton, Buffalo, Springfield MA, Syracuse, Toronto and Wilkes-Barre. This time, the Montreal Royals would "stick" and became a major component of the International League. Ottawa joined the IL the following season giving the International League (then dubbed the "Eastern League") three teams north of the border in 1898. 19 year old Shad Barry (32 2B, 9 4B, 5 HR, 26 SB, .327) who would go on to play 10 years in the Majors was the 1898 Royals top hitter in 1898 while Dan McFarlan (27-16) was the ace of staff... together these two players led the Montreal Royals to their very first International League Championship at Parc Atwater. This was the start of a great future history for this city.