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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 (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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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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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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. You may recall Ron was the umpire to often "fired two guns" when calling a runner out. He admits in his book of other peculiarities of his, as well as some of the players with whom he was acquainted, I was saddened to hear of his death, especially since I know baseball lost a great man who made it more enjoyable than any other umpires I have read or heard about. You will find this a true treasure, and if like me, will keep it for an occasional "review". Thank you, Ron. I and thousands of others miss you
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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 had a close encounter with Ron Luciano in the summer of 1978. It was raining, and I was running in from the parking lot of a K-Mart in Arlington, TX. As I reached the smooth concrete surface of the entrance to K-Mart, my feet slipped out from under me, and I hit the pavement on my backside, sliding several feet. Ron Luciano, standing beside where I bruised my pride, spread his arms in the gesture for a call at home plate, and yelled, "Safe!" This book really shows the great sense of humor Luciano had and displayed to those around him. The American League is much sadder with his passing in the '90's.
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This is a great book. Ron Luciano had a wonderful sense of humor. He played football at Syracuse University and with the Detroit Lions. He pokes fun at his truncated football career. He was injured trying to block "Big Daddy" Lipscomb and never completely recovered. He became an umpire and he was a showman. He had a lot of antics such as shooting a player out. The book demonstrates the characters of the 1970's. I can imagine special interest groups being in an uproar over the fake pistol pointing in the modern era.

He details his run-ins with the cantankerous Earl Weaver. Weaver was a volatile no-nonsense guy who hated Luciano's sense of humor on the field. Luciano had tough moments with Dick Williams and Billy Martin, but there was more grudging respect there. Luciano knew the game well and candidly discussed his favorite players to watch, as well as his least famous. He told humorous stories, such as when Carlton Fisk messed with Charlie Spikes in calling pitches. Spikes was so incensed by the mind games that he punched Fisk as Luciano found the situation amusing.

Luciano was serious about being a good umpire, but he loved a good time. This element of the game is somewhat lacking in the present day. He talked about colorful guys like Mark "The Bird" Fidrich, Catfish Hunter, Rico Carty, and Reggie Jackson. He actually traded positions with Buddy Bell in a spring training game. He played third base, while Bell was the umpire. Luciano valued a good time. This book is a must-read for baseball fans who reminisce about the classic moments of the game.
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