The Umpire Strikes Back #2020

The Umpire Strikes Back By Ron Luciano The Umpire Strikes Back Here is Ron Luciano the funniest ump ever to call balls and strikes A huge and awesome legend who leaps and spins and shoots players with an index finger while screaming OUTOUTOUT Now baseball s flam
  • Title: The Umpire Strikes Back
  • Author: Ron Luciano
  • ISBN: 9780553248463
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Umpire Strikes Back By Ron Luciano
    The Umpire Strikes Back By Ron Luciano Here is Ron Luciano, the funniest ump ever to call balls and strikes A huge and awesome legend who leaps and spins and shoots players with an index finger while screaming OUTOUTOUT Now baseball s flamboyant fan on the field comes out from behind the mask to call the game as he really sees it.
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    About “Ron Luciano

    • Ron Luciano

      Ronald Michael Luciano was an American Major League Baseball umpire from 1969 to 1979 in the American League He was known for his flamboyant style, clever aphorisms, and a series of published collections of anecdotes from his colorful career entry

    124 thoughts on “The Umpire Strikes Back

    • I read this at a young age, and maybe it s nostalgia speaking, but I would list him among the best American humorists that I have read He draws sharp, yet compassionate caricatures of Earl Weaver, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, and dozens of other hall of famers His musings about the lonely life of a Major League umpire are amplified by the knowledge that he committed suicide in the mid 1990s I am hoping that someone out there is writing a screenplay about Luciano s life and death becaus [...]

    • This is a fun baseball book written from the perspective of an umpire Plenty of stories and anecdotes from one of the most charismatic umpires of all time, who worked for the American League from 1969 1979.

    • I was a huge fan of Luciano as an umpire and broadcaster and the book lived up to his reputation These are his best stories of his battles with the who s who of baseball and it s laugh out loud funny.

    • The memoirs of American League Umpire Ron Luciano make for both interesting and disillusioning reading in The Umpire Strikes Back His memories are interesting for nostalgia s sake I watched a lot baseball in the 70s and 80s than I do in my present situation where he talked of people I d watched, rooted for, and, on a couple of occasions, met His anecdotes are disillusioning because of the overt pride he took in sharing about his bad calls and his unrepentant willingness to change them although, [...]

    • This book was particularly enjoyable to me as a baseball fan who came of age in the 1980s and enjoyed the reverent look at the managers, players, and umpires before that time I d heard of this book when it came out, when I was very young I think waiting 35 years to read it actually made it better What first inspired me to find this book was watching an old TWIB clip of Ron Luciano and remembering his tragic suicide in the mid 1990s Perhaps I was driven by morbid curiosity, how someone who exuded [...]

    • If you love BASEBALL then you would absolutely love this book Umpire Ron Luciano presents a wonderfully organized compilation of anecdotes about umpiring, pitching, catching, hitting, fielding, broadcasting, managing, and arguing with the umpire He readily admits that umpires miss calls and provides reasons some that make sense and some that demonstrate laziness and unprofessionalism He honestly describes the reasons for his feud with former Balti manager Earl Weaver Each anecdote seems richer t [...]

    • I first read The Umpire Strikes Back and its sequels, Strike Two and The Fall of the Roman Umpire in the early 1980s I was living in a city with two major league ballparks, attended live games regularly, and watched a lot of baseball on television I now live in a baseball desert, with no major league stadium nearby, and I haven t attended a live game since 2004 It is also difficult to find games on free TV When I read these books in the 1980s I would probably have given them five stars I thought [...]

    • My father read this book to me at nights before I went to bed and it was perfect for a nerdy little baseball dork like myself just starting to get into insider baseball This book was the first time I realized that without a great catcher calling the game a lights out pitcher would be playing handicapped and I loved how colorful all the characters seemed to be, each with their own attitude about the game.Rereading it as an adult I am still struck by those larger than life characters especially wh [...]

    • This is entertaining and illuminating but certainly only on one level Luciano excels at that traditional, yuk yuk self deprecating American humour of the pre Lenny Bruce era that offends absolutely no one He has numerous anecdotes which are mildly amusing and certainly informative about particular players idiosyncrasies as well.But Luciano never really makes any kind of greater assessment about baseball, refereeing, sport or life and he fills the book with extraordinarily non controversial stuff [...]

    • For a baseball fan, THE UMPIRE STRIKES BACK is an insider delight Simply to hear from an umpire at all would have been a treat but Ron Luciano had a unique view of the game and his job, so his accounts had a comedic twist Among his anecdotes were unexpected developments, such as players asking to be thrown out of games so they could take care of personal business and managers coming out to argue in order to get television time The most memorable case was Luciano reporting to a game with a hangov [...]

    • Briefly The parts are greater than their wholeThe Umpire Strikes Back isn t so much one cohesive book as it is a collection of short stories Ron Lusciano s book details his years as a major league umpire, and while the writing isn t particularly inspired, its strength is that it s told by someone who had an inside look at baseball for so many years and it certainly doesn t hurt that he s witty This is the sort of book where you ll remember little bits and pieces, the anecdotes and the stories, a [...]

    • An appropriate book for an avid baseball fan that can remember back to when athletes were paid like bank tellers Luciano is an umpire that few that were there can forget because of his cross between an umpire, an ex NFL football player, his exibitionism and his theatrics He doesn t miss much in this fairly dated book and gives some entertaing insights to managers, players, owners and other umpires of the sixties and seventies If you are not over fifty and not a devpted fan of baseball, skip it

    • This book is exactly what one thinks it is from the cover, an autobiography of a major league baseball umpire This book is laugh out loud from cover to cover especially if one enjoys baseball and I really enjoyed the stories told about the author s feud with Earl Weaver He also discussed a lot of players from the early 80s when I grew up so there is a nostalgia factor that appealed to me I wouldn t mind re reading this one in a few years so I could re laugh my way through it again.

    • Ron Luciano was an American League umpire that was as much of an attraction as the game The book tells the story of Ron and his career as an umpire It s filled with funny stories about the players, the game and of course umpires It s a good funny read for the baseball fan.

    • This is still a fun book 30 years after I read it the first time Luciano s tongue in cheek humor is still fresh and the memories he brings back from Major League Baseball in the 70 s was a lot of fun If you enjoy a humorous story about baseball in the 70 s, you will enjoy this funny book.

    • 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 It is not as glamorous as one might think In fact, it is sad and often lonely A must read for any baseball fan

    • For whatever reason, even though I saw this book in paperback form in every used book shop I went into in my youth, I never read it until now It s like opening a time capsule to 70s and 80s baseball, and a great delight to read Luciano s anecdotes make for great fun.

    • What a funny book You normally don t get the umpire s point of view and this was especially entertaining It is definitely dated, and there are situations that he discusses how he handled them that umpires today would handle differently A funny side of baseball viewpoint

    • Hard to imagine a baseball fan especially one around during the Earl Weaver Years not thoroughly enjoying each of the books he wrote He has a great voice, tells stories so well, and they are truly hilarious.

    • A great book about the life of an umpire Very funny, great stories, and just a fun read Great for any baseball fan who wants to hear about a side of the game that is just not talked about.

    • Luciano was an eccentric baseball umpire known for his arguments with Earl Weaver This biography was pretty funny.

    • Pretty funny Very cool to hear the behinds the scenes stories from this entertaining baseball umpire I recommend for baseball fans.

    • A funny book by an interesting character Ron umpired during the 60s and 70s and shares a ton of great anecdotes with humor and charm.

    • A good book about an ex umpire s life story and experiences as MLB umpire Luciano uses his humor to tell his story.

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