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A book written by Danny Gallagher and Bill Young about the 1994 Montreal Expos has garnered hefty praise from the Ottawa Citizen with the Christmas gift-buying season in high gear this month.
Citizen writer Bruce Ward gave a thumbs up to Ecstasy to Agony as one of the top six sports books of 2014.
“Gallagher and Young, both inveterate Expos’ fans, lovingly resurrect the 1994 Expos team that was destined for the playoffs before the players’ strike in August killed the season and the World Series,’’ Ward wrote in a recent piece. “Plenty of smart baseball people say that the strike killed baseball in Montreal forever. But thousands of fans, including me, never really cheered for another team after the Expos left Montreal. After the glory and heartbreak the Expos gave us, what would be the point?’’
The 374-page Expos’ book is included in Ward’s review along with books on NBA icon Michael Jordan, NFL coaching legend Bill Parcells, hockey great Gordie Howe, NHL player Jordin Tootoo and Wrigley Field.
“Ideal gifts for the armchair athletes on your Christmas list,’’ Ward said in his review which has also appeared in other Post Media newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun.
Ecstasy to Agony is available in Chapters/Indigo bookstores across Canada and at a number of independent outlets, including McNally’s on Bay St. in Toronto, south of Queen.
Autographed copies can be obtained by calling 416-535-7738. The book is also available in e-book format through Kobo and Kindle.