At Nationals Park in Washington D.C., you will see statues of Josh Gibson, the Hall of Fame Negro League star who played for the Washington-based Homestead Grays; of Walter Johnson, another Hall of Fame member, who pitched all 21 seasons of his baseball career for the Washington Senators in the early part of the 20th century; and of Frank Howard, a feared slugger, also for the Senators, in the late 1960s.
Both versions of the Senators, the team that left Washington to become the Minnesota Twins in 1961 and the team that left Washington to become the Texas Rangers in 1972, are also saluted in a walkway on the opposite side of the ballpark to the statues.
What you will not see at Nationals Park is any reference to the direct forebears of the Nationals: the Montreal Expos.
That is what makes Jonah Keri’s book about the Expos, Up, Up, & Away (Random House Canada, $32), a welcome addition to a baseball fan’s shelf. Sure, the Expos had a dismal history — one playoff appearance in 35 years,Read More »from Nos Amours live on in new book about the Montreal Expos