- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Random House Canada (March 25 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307361357
- ISBN-13: 978-0307361356
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 640 g
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos Hardcover – Mar 25 2014
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“A special book that gives an underappreciated time and place in baseball its due.”
“In Up, Up & Away, Jonah Keri has produced a book that is one part history, one part local legend, one part eulogy, and one part letter to a lost love. The Montreal Expos deserved a book, and they deserved this book.”
—Bruce Arthur, national sports columnist, National Post
“Long gone but it seems like only yesterday. A certain charm attaches to bygone ballparks and ball clubs: Ebbets Field, the St. Louis Browns, the Seattle Pilots—supply your own favorite ghost. But for me, the franchise with the most romance about it is the Montreal Expos. Jonah Keri pays tribute, tells tales, spills beans, and wakes the echoes in this glorious grand chelem of a book.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball
About the Author
JONAH KERI is a writer for Grantland.com and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First and the co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong. He has previously contributed to ESPN.com, SI.com, Baseball Prospectus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and wrote the flagship stock market column for Investor's Business Daily.
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Jonah Keri does a masterful job of bringing the reader through the roller-coaster journey, revealing little know facts and tidbits that added to the story that was the Expos. Unabashedly a fan of both baseball and the Expos, he brings you along for the ride with him and it's one heck of a ride. He does not gloss over the failures, nor hides the foibles, but casts them into the light of hindsight while also glorying in the highs and almost was, and glories of the team.
This brought back to me everything about why I loved (and still love) the Montreal Expos. This is for the fan and curious alike. Highly recommended!
Although I was never the biggest fan of baseball when I was growing up, I was aware of the Montreal Expos. To me, they were always there. I do not remember a time when they weren't. They were, for a time, the only professional baseball team in Canada. Therefore I was a fan.
I really enjoyed this book. As I was reading the book, I could remember the players mentioned. I remembered all the seasons, even the season they should have won it all.
I found the book to be well researched. There were a lot of stories that we knew of and plenty that we did not know of. It was not difficult to read. There were some stories that the author spent a lot of time on and others where I felt he could have written more about.
Anyone who is interested in the history of baseball, whether it baseball in Canada or in general, I would recommend this book
The best parts of the book are the anecdotes from the locker room and the narrative of the franchise itself, yet you have to wade through endless details to find these nuggets. Does anyone really care what was the minor league walk to strikeout ratio of some free agent three years before he played two seasons for the Expos in the 70s?
Half of this book could have been footnotes referencing pages of statistics in an appendix and it would have been much better for ti.
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