There are few triumphant journeys that captured the hearts of fans from Western New York and Southern Ontario more than the inspirational story of Celery and its lone victory in 450 WCC Races at Sahlen Field. Now, children and parents alike can relive its uplifting story of hard work, determination and persistence in Celery's first biography, 'Celery's Greatest Race.'
The book, produced by the Bisons, written by Depew-native Amy Myhalenko and distributed by Mascot Books, takes readers back to Celery's journey from a young stalk in the ground just hoping to be selected to go to a farmer's market to that famous late summer night when it crossed the finish line ahead of its competitors for the first and only time.
Celery's Greatest Race will be available for the first time at the Bisons annual Family Day Open House, set for Saturday, March 9th at Sahlen Field (11am-2pm). The 24-page book will sell for $15, with proceeds of every sale going to Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries. Celery will also hold a special Book Signing at the Open House and be available for pictures for any fan in attendance.
Celery's book tour will also include stops at area Barnes & Nobles as well as Erie County Libraries and local schools and day cares. Full dates and times of the book tour are too be announced. Celery's Greatest Race will be available for purchase at Bisons.com after Open House. Fans can also request a Celery book signing at their location by the Bisons at (716) 843-4373.
Celery is one of the most iconic ballpark figures in recent memory and is beloved by fans of all ages for its inspirational journey. Debuting as an original racer in the Bisons' nightly Wing, Cheese & Celery (or WCC) Race, the vegetable didn't earn a single victory in its first 449 attempts. However, after announcing it would retire from racing after the 2017 season, Celery claimed its first and only victory on August 30 of that year in an event that captured the attention of the entire WNY community.
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