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Lucky Me: My Sixty-five Years in Baseball (Sport in American Life) Hardcover – January 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Sport in American Life
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press; First Edition edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870745662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870745669
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A four-time American League All-Star, EDDIE ROBINSON played in two World Series, was general manager of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers, and was involved in the formation of the players union. C. PAUL ROGERS III is co-author, with Robin Roberts, of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant and My Life in Baseball


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From Feller, to Dimaggio to Ruth to you name him!
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And it's all well told in interesting, often humorous fashion by a baseball "lifer".
Larry
This book is a great read for even the casual baseball fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ShaneR. on February 18, 2011
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Lucky Me is the best book I've read in over two decades!
Right off the bat, I was pleasantly surprised by how humorous Eddie's story telling can be, his vivid description of ball player pranks had me laughing out loud.
His insight into baseball life and the characters that make it up is priceless and yet what really intrigued me the most was Eddie's life story having lived through the Great Depression, served in World War II, met the likes of President Truman, Marilyn Monroe, and helped an ailing ballplayer out named Babe Ruth. All of which makes the book an excellent read for all, not just baseball aficionados.
Eddie is a true Texas Legend who has never forgotten his roots hence he is naturally a straight shooter which provides the book with a unique perspective and a lot of color without beating around the bush.
Lucky Me is a breath of fresh air in that the books tone is one of Eddie's appreciation for the life he has led, the people he has known and the game that gave him so much.
On the flip side, I believe that the people who have been fortunate enough to get to know Eddie and learn from him are the truly lucky ones and now everyone can do that through reading his book.
Lucky Me is worth every penny, ShaneR.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry on March 1, 2011
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Lucky Me by Eddie Robinson will be enjoyed by the veteran baseball fan for its recollections from the 40's and 50's; by the more recent fan who will savor the behind the scenes stories of players they will remember from the 60's to the present, and by the more in-depth fan who has an interest in the business side of baseball. And it's all well told in interesting, often humorous fashion by a baseball "lifer".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Lichtenwalter on February 9, 2011
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What a great book to add to the many classics of the game. As one reads, the sensation of Eddie Robinson speaking to the reader is very real. Here is a human story that leads the reader from a very poor childhood to the World Series and several All-Star games as well as a post-playing career as general manager of Atlanta and the Texas Rangers. The baseball stories contained in the book are worth the price of admission. "Lucky Me" is an entertaining read about the experiences of this baseball veteran.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Brislen on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lucky Me is an apt title for this latest oral history produced by Paul Rogers. Eddie Robinson was a hard hitting first baseman for the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians. Detailed are the machinations of colorful owner Bill Veeck, the integration of the team with the first black to play in the American League, Larry Doby, quickly followed by the inimitable Satchell Paige and the pressure of a pennant race that was only decided by a post season playoff. There exists enough drama to write a book covering this one season alone. Lucky are we that Robinson and Rogers combine to relate the drama of a 65 year career in major leage baseball.

From Robinson's days as a hardscrabble, depression era teen high school athlete raised by a determined mother after her husband turns to alcohol, to his final major league job as an octogenerian super scout, Rogers keeps the narrative moving along at a brisk pace, touching all the key points of Robinson's long career. Particularly interesting is the development of player-management relations over the 65 year span. Robinson saw it from the inside as both player and General Manager. He details mistakes made on both sides that have led to many contentious moments in the business of baseball.

In addition are details and opinions concerning many of baseballs icons; Lou Boudreau (terrific player and on field leader, not so hot as a manager), Casey Stengel (good manager, great drinker), Paul Richards (the best baseball man Robinson ever associated with). Many more crossed Robinson's path in 65 years and make compelling appearances in this history.

C Paul Rogers deserves great credit for producing this latest in a series of oral histories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BoJack on January 22, 2011
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If you love the game of Baseball, you must read this book! You will absorb the history from a player who grew up in the 1920's and followed his dream for sixty-five years in Major League Baseball. From World Champs with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 to playing for the great Casey Stengel in New York,and then finishing his Baseball career with being in the front office for three major league teams. Eddie's perspective of the game is all encompassing from every vantage point. He knew Ted Williams, he played with Satchel Paige in 1948, Yogi Berra was a teammate and Joe DiMaggio was there too. One person with such insight to Baseball in all capacities is hard to find, but to find that person who has the love of the game, and recall for some of the best stories you will ever read is truly a treasure. Baseball is not what it used to be!!!! Enjoy this great book!
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Eddie Robinson was my hero playing 1st base for the Cleveland Indians when they won the world series back in 1948. He's a better ball player than a writer but he does seem like a genuinely nice guy so I'm happy to display his book in my bookcase. Just don't write another book, please!
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