- 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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The Umpire Strikes Back Hardcover – March, 1982
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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.
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 5 months 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 9 months ago by Andreas Spurlock
Great book, I would definitely recommend it to any baseball fan.Published 12 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 13 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 14 months ago by N. N. Light
An engaging collection of baseball stories by umpire Ron Luciano. Fun. RIP.Published 15 months ago by ellison