A memoir of faith and perseverance after a dramatically life-altering circumstance.
How New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame member Ed Lucas went from sandlot dreamer to blindness to broadcaster for the greatest team in baseball history is a marvel of a story. Co-written with his son, Christopher, this book recounts the accident that left young Ed blind and struggling to adapt to a dark new reality. What he found in that unexpected darkness was a future populated by heroes, filled with love, and enlightened by indomitable faith. As Sister Rose Magdalene proclaimed to his father, “Mister Lucas, your son is just blind, he’s not handicapped….” As the author learned to thrive with his blindness, his mother began a letter-writing campaign to famous baseball personalities requesting their time and mentorship for her young son. To everyone’s surprise, it worked, encouraging what would become a lifetime love for the game and its legends. But how does a blind man become a major league baseball broadcaster? As he gradually made himself known in the world of MLB, Lucas “developed the ability to tell, just from the crack of the bat, how hard the ball was hit, where it was traveling, and the distance it would go.” Easy to read, this tender, occasionally sappy narrative shines most as an illustration of faith at work. For the Lucas family, faith is the cornerstone of purposefulness, hope, and the belief that one can achieve happiness and greatness despite traumatic circumstances. Most importantly, Lucas’ contributions to sports journalism are invaluable, and the book is a testament to the experiences of a man intimately tied to the game throughout the modern era.
Filled with a life-affirming sincerity that challenges us to put our lives in greater perspective.