- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucky My Sixty-Five Years In Baseball Hardcover – 2011
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
- Very interesting- - It was also nice to see Eddie at the 2016 Old Timers GamePublished 23 days ago by tel
Author's autobiog is one of the better ones penned by a player from my youth. Enjoyable!Published 20 months ago by voracious reader
Eddie Robinson was my hero playing 1st base for the Cleveland Indians when they won the world series back in 1948. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Shirley Wilson
My wife bought this for me for Fathers Day.....Eddie was at our local Albertson's signing them for Father's Day. I've seen this book at my barber and always wondered about it. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Dave H
I love reading about the players of the past. Growing up in the 50's and 60's I was a fan of MLB. Mr. Robinson had great stories to tell and kept my interest in the book. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by NL
I read the book in one evening. I met MR. Robinson and was told of his great career in baseball and I purchased the book and loved every part of it. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Shanna Wood
I feel like it is very nostalgic and very detailed. He describes a lot of the superstars of that day. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Edward W
Great book. Eddie Robinson is the epitome of class. This book is a great read for even the casual baseball fan. I love itPublished on September 13, 2011 by kosmo