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The Umpire Strikes Back Hardcover – March, 1982

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  • 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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being an umpire myself, I truly enjoyed reading how one mancould turn his job into something he really enjoyed. I saw Ron Lucianoump several times when I was a kid and didn't totally understand his antics on the field. In his book, he details his career as the umpire everyone loved to watch; everyone except Earl Weaver. You will love hearing how he ejected Earl even before the first pitch of the game and how Earl literally "stole" second base. You will enjoy hearing how he played third for one player as he umped the game and how rookies would beg him not to "shoot" them out at firstbase. This book is full of stories from one of the men who helped make baseball America's most entertaining past-time.
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THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST BOOKS I HAVE READ. MR. LUCIANO IS HILARIOUS IN HIS RETELLING OF MANY ENCOUNTERS WITH EARL WEAVER, BILLY MARTIN, AND MANY OTHERS. JUST READ THIS BOOK AND IT WILL HELP BREIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY WITH HIS WIT AND HUMOR. VERY VERY RECOMMENDED.
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This is a great book about umpiring. A lot of it is irreverent, but that is Luciano -- respectful, but humorous. The book is easy to read and broken into sections that make for easy reading a couple pages at a time (ahem, for reading in the family "library"). There is a lot more here than just umpiring. You get the inside scoop on players, managers and some owners. Interesting reading that is a little off the beaten path.
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I'm too young to remember Ron's umping days; so naturally I was skeptical that a book by an umpire would be that funny. But, believe me, folks, this is one of the funniest books you will ever read. His story about how he got Harmen Kilibrew picked off second made me laugh so hard I almost choked. Not only was he a funny person, but he was also a great writer and had a very clever style.
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Ron Luciano, a former major league umpire, does a wonderful job of conveying some of what goes on inside the major leagues. His stories are humorous and occasionally hysterically funny. This book is a must for any baseball fan with a sense of humor.
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I must admit I was skeptical before I started to read this book. I figured a book written by an ex-umpire would be boring. In fact, it was quite interesting and fun to read. If you grew up watching baseball during the late 60's and early 70's you should read this book. There are many entertaining baseball anecdotes about the players from that era. However, at times Mr. Luciano becomes a bit pompous. Especially regarding his feud with Earl Weaver. Overall, it was a diverting and enjoyable baseball book.
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Without hyperbole, this must be one of the greatest sports books, indisputably best of books about baseball, ever written. Honest, poignant, hillarious, heart-touching and just down-write enjoyable. Many professional comedians cannot come up with lines as genuine and funny as this man. His perspectives on his career and on living are relevant to everyone, not just baseball fans.

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
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Ron Luciano's first of a series of semi-autobiographical books takes us inside the game of baseball from the umpire's perspective.

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.
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