CBN writer signs deal with Dundurn Press to publish Expos book

 Catcher Gary Carter and manager Jim Fanning were two key members of the 1981 Montreal Expos, the team that will be the subject of Danny Gallagher's upcoming book.

Catcher Gary Carter and manager Jim Fanning were two key members of the 1981 Montreal Expos, the team that will be the subject of Danny Gallagher's upcoming book.

By Danny Gallagher

Canadian Baseball Network

I am happy to announce that I have a landed a contract to have Dundurn Press of Toronto publish my book on the 1981 Montreal Expos called Blue Monday.

The deal has been in the works for weeks but it was all confirmed when I signed recently on the dotted line. The book is due out in 2018, a 70,000-word exposé. I can't go into much detail but there will be secrets unlocked and old narratives examined, based on about 50 interviews.

The subtitle is still to be determined. I have proposed three subtitles and we will have to decide on one that best fits. As you know, 1981 was the only time in franchise history that an Expos' team made the post-season.

Blue Monday deals a lot with that moment in October of 1981 when Rick Monday hit his dramatic home run off of Steve Rogers to send the Dodgers into the World Series which they won over the New York Yankees. But the book also deals with many other revealing topics before and after Blue Monday.

Dundurn has been a mainstay in the publishing business for the last 45 years. Its publishing program includes award-winning mysteries, biographies, along with business, history, and current-affairs titles. The company now has more than 2,500 titles in print.

I'm pleased to be Dundurn's newest author. Special thanks to Dundurn acquisitions editor Scott Fraser for taking on this project.

Danny Gallagher

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com