Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles
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Soon to be a major motion picture, Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story is the incredible true tale of a beloved Emmy-winning blind broadcaster who refused to let his disability prevent him from overcoming many challenging obstacles and achieving his dreams.
In 1951, when he was only twelve years old, Ed Lucas was hit between the eyes by a baseball during a sandlot game in Jersey City. He lost his sight forever. To cheer him up, his mother wrote letters to baseball superstars of the day, explaining her son’s condition. Soon Ed was invited into their clubhouses and dugouts, as the players and coaches personally made him feel at home.
Despite the warm reception he got from his heroes, Ed was told repeatedly by others that he would never be able to accomplish anything worthwhile because of his limitations. But Hall-of-Famer Phil Rizzuto became Ed’s mentor and encouraged him to pursue his passion—broadcasting. Ed then overcame hundreds of barriers, big and small, to become a pioneer—the first blind person covering baseball on a regular basis, a career he has successfully continued for six decades.
Ed may have lost his sight, but he never lost his faith, which got him through many pitfalls and dark days. When Ed’s two sons were very young, his wife walked out and left him to raise them all by himself, which he did. Six years later, Ed’s ex-wife returned and sued him for full custody, saying that a blind man shouldn’t have her kids. The judge agreed, tearing Ed's sons away from their father's loving home. Ed fought the heartbreaking decision with appeals all the way up to the highest level of the court system. Eventually, he prevailed, marking the very first time in US history that a disabled person was awarded custody over a non-disabled spouse.
Even in his later years, Ed is still enjoying a remarkably blessed life. In 2006, he married his second wife, Allison, at home plate in old Yankee Stadium, the only time that such a thing ever happened on that iconic spot. Yankee owner George Steinbrenner himself catered the whole affair, which was shown live on national television.
Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story is truly a magical read and a universally uplifting and inspirational tale for everyone, whether or not you happen to be a sports fan. Over his long and amazing life, Ed has collected hundreds of anecdotes from his personal relationships and encounters with everyone, from kings and presidents to movie stars and sports Hall-of-Famers, many of which he shares in this memoir, using his trademark humorous and engaging style, cowritten with his youngest son, Christopher.
often when she was out and about with her sisters and brothers. A romance blossomed, and they got married in 1938. While they didn’t live in abject poverty, conditions weren’t so rosy for them in the beginning. Most people in their neighborhood couldn’t afford a car, so they walked and took the bus everywhere. My parents never bought a house of their own; they always lived in apartments. Family was the key to happiness for them. Because they were all so close to each other, both emotionally and
reasoning. There was still one last big milestone to go: graduation. My graduating class was small, just me and Rafael, but the nuns made a big deal out of our final day. In addition to the traditional cap and gown, we marched down the aisle to Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” and even had a choir made up of our fellow students. Rafael’s parents couldn’t come from Mexico, so my mother and father stood in for them. Diplomas were given to us, both in print and in Braille. Sister Gregory
family, like his own. I hoped that she realized, as I did, that none of this would have happened were it not for the results of her letters to ballplayers on my behalf twenty-five years earlier. She helped to put God’s plan for me into action. I know that my dad felt that way, too. My mother was all by herself in the Weehawken apartment, so in 1979, I began looking for a bigger place to live. Maureen’s second son, Brian, was three years old. Eddie, Chris, and Jeffrey were on the verge of their
of a club from South Jersey. He said, “Your name is Ed Lucas? That’s so funny. I took directions to Yankee Stadium from a guy with that name who drives his car over there all the time. Do you know him?” I laughed. “Know him? He’s standing right in front of you!” The guy was left speechless. It works indoors, too. There was a blackout at Yankee Stadium during a game. It only lasted for about fifteen minutes. While we were waiting for the lights to come back on, one of the reporters said aloud,
Gene Monahan, Tony Morante, Debbie Nicolisi, Bob Sheppard, Frank Swain, Joe Violone, and Monica Yurman. New York Mets executives and staff: Fred and Jeff Wilpon, Jay Horowitz, Shannon Forde, Ethan Wilson, Stella Fiore, Sandy Alderson, Frank Cashen, Jim Duquette, Al Harazin, Joe McIlvaine, and Omar Minaya. Broadcasters and writers: Al Albert, Kenny Albert, Marv Albert, Steve Albert, Mel Allen, Joe Angel, Richie Ashburn, Red Barber, Jack Buck, Joe Buck, Harry Caray, Skip Caray, Joe Castiglione,