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Lucky My Sixty-Five Years In Baseball Hardcover – 2011

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University; First Edition edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870745662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870745669
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Brislen on March 23, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By js75080 on September 19, 2011
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I found out about "Lucky Me" when I took my Mother, Betty, to a function where Mr. Robinson's wife, also Bette, told me about the book on Amazon. I told her I was immediately getting it and she said maybe he'd sign it sometime. The next day, I ordered not one, but FOUR copies of it, and now wish I had bought MORE! And published by my alma mater, SMU, to boot, which was also a pleasant surprise. And yes, I will also consider myself "Lucky Me" as well if I can get Mr. Robinson to sign them. I'm 62, but I bet I'll feel like I'm 12 again and tongue-tied, like I would getting a big league ballplayer to sign a ball for me, if I am indeed so lucky.

I could just about just DITTO everything ShaneR wrote. Just simply the best sports, much less baseball, read EVER -- the history, the laugh out loud stories, the relaying of Yogisms that he heard straight from the source (Yogi Berra!) and was there any legendary celebrity or baseballer Eddie Robinson didn't know or rub shoulders with? From Feller, to Dimaggio to Ruth to you name him! Just a PRICELESS book and I was in awe from Page 1 on -- I haven't enjoyed a book this much in 30-years! Even the photos are priceless!

Mr Robinson is exactly the same age as my Dad would be and I believed they played golf together a time or two and that made it even extra special, as well as knowing he was the same age at every point in the book. Plus, Mr Robinson's last fulltime stop was with the Texas Rangers, which I've also been a fan of since they moved here from DC.

I cannot recommend any more enjoyable book than Eddie Robinson's "Lucky Me". Just get it and indeed you will feel like "Lucky YOU" too as you are reading!
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