- Hardcover: 258 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd); First Edition edition (March 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553050109
- ISBN-13: 978-0553050103
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Umpire Strikes Back Hardcover – March, 1982
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Top Customer Reviews
As I read this book for the first time, I laughed so much and so hard, that my father insisted I let him read it once finished. My father laughed so much and so hard, that my mother borrowed the book to read. She also laughed audibly at times and acknowledged that it was very enjoyable... and she is not that much of a fan of baseball.
It is tragic that Mr. Luciano's life ended as it did, but not completely unexpected. Most people with such a sense of satyrical and sarcastic wit often struggle in the modern world with depression. In Heaven, may there always be a fast game filled with balls either way off the plate or strikes right down the middle.
Thank you Ron Luciano for giving baseball all that your life could give... and thank you for giving us baseball fans everything for which we love about baseball. You belong in the Hall of Fame!
John W. Harmon
This was one of the very first to do so, and it was eye-opening and entertaining from beginning to end. In a self-deprecating, earthy style, Ron tells his life story, from his beginnings in Endicott, NY to the disastrous two-year run as a commentator for NBC.
On the way, we learn of Luciano's stardom as a lineman for Syracuse University (where a certain running back named Brown was one of his teammates), his injury-plagued NFL/AFL career, and his eventual stepping into baseball between the lines.
The stories of life in minor league ball are fit for "Bull Durham." If you thought those players had it bad, umpires lived in it as well! Seeing a young Earl Weaver in action, and in conflict with Luciano from the start was as funny as it was intriguing. The passion with which players as well as managers took the game in those days show quite a bit at how the game's changed.
I read this book many, many times, and I highly recommend it. It is sad that Ron ended his life as he did, but he left a great deal behind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
See review for Strike Two. Two of the best books ever for baseball humor. Again, bought this as a 2nd copy so I could loan it to friends.Published 13 days ago by John D. Rajniak
Hilarious. If you grew up with 70's baseball, you'll love it. You'll probably enjoy it regardless.Published 3 months ago by Andreas Spurlock
This is a great book. Ron Luciano had a wonderful sense of humor. He played football at Syracuse University and with the Detroit Lions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Battleship
Great book, I would definitely recommend it to any baseball fan.Published 7 months ago by Joseph Alfred Tagliaboschi
Lots of umpire war stories here. And Luciano was more than a bit of a character. But the stories he tells are of 40 years ago. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael J. Myers
A terrific read written through the eyes of one of the most popular baseball umpires to ever be in the game. He gives a funny yet honest peek into the life of a baseball umpire. Read morePublished 9 months ago by N. N. Light
An engaging collection of baseball stories by umpire Ron Luciano. Fun. RIP.Published 10 months ago by ellison
If you like baseball, even just a little, you will LOVE this book. Ron Luciano tells of his true adventures often in such a way you will find your sides splitting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lawrence R Fraley