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The Remarkable Ed Lucas

October 3, 2014

Writer and broadcaster Ed Lucas exceeded my high expectations when he delivered an inspiring, informative, and at times humorous, talk about his remarkable life at the fabulous Bergino Clubhouse in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Wednesday night.

It was another great program organized by Gary Mintz, the President of the New York Giants Preservation Society.

Ed lost his eyesight when he was hit by a line drive while pitching in a game when he was only twelve years old. That occurred on October 3, 1951, the day the New York Giants, Ed and his family’s favorite team, dramatically won the National League Pennant on Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard round the world.”

I sat mesmerized by Ed’s baseball knowledge, stories about players he has interviewed over the years, and the fact Ed, who does not have sight to see such beautiful things as rainbows, does see how beautiful it is to give to others.

In that vein, there is The Ed Lucas Foundation, which gives invaluable assistance to those without eyesight and those closest to them.

He will write a “must read’ book that likely will come under the auspices of someone named Derek Jeter, who will soon be in the publishing business.

There should have been a movie about this incredible individual, who does not so much shame me as to my complaining regarding certain things, but inspires me to perhaps do better. The movie may yet happen.

Both Ed’s wife Allison and his son Chris contributed to Ed’s talk. Each of them exude charm and were most friendly. Ed and Allison were married at home plate in Yankee Stadium, the only couple to do so.

The uplifting story of Ed’s life (with more to come both in Ed’s life and in posts here) is best summed up by Ed’s interaction with baseball.

Ed talked of how a game of baseball deprived him of his eyesight, but enriched his life.

He sat next to Joe Di Maggio whose great exploits were broadcast by some greats, Mel Allen to name one. At the first game in the new Yankee Stadium in April 1976, Mr. Di Maggio called the game, just for Ed Lucas in the press box.

I have reverence for Di Maggio’s greatness and his grace, and even more for the fact he felt he had a duty to try his best in any game, for someone might be “seeing him for the first time.” Ed “saw” that 1976 game, complete with the Twins’ Dan Ford’s home run in defeat, through Di Maggio’s eyes.

Ed Lucas hears more than most about baseball and far more important things. He truly “sees” when it comes to life. Thus that interaction with Joe “D,” and other good things to come to Ed are well deserved. That is a vast understatement.

This is so not just because of his effort or even his incredible bravery, though each is transcendent. Even greater to me, Ed Lucas has an incredible appreciation for all those good things.

Click here for the Ed Lucas Foundation

Tommy Lasorda with Ed Lucas

Tommy Lasorda with Ed Lucas

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