Ed Lucas

Edward Joseph Lucas Jr.[2] (January 3, 1939 – November 10, 2021) was an American blind sportswriter who primarily covered the New York Yankees.

Ed Lucas
Edward Joseph Lucas Jr.

(1939-01-03)January 3, 1939[1]
DiedNovember 10, 2021(2021-11-10) (aged 82)
Alma materSeton Hall University
Years active1964–2021
Known forSports reporter
SpouseAllison Pfeifle


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Lucas grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey and attended St. Joseph's School for the Blind in Jersey City.[3][4] Lucas was blind from 1951, when he was 12 years old. He was pitching in a pickup game on October 3, 1951—the day of Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World"— when a line drive hit him in the face.[5] The accident resulted in the loss of his sight.[6] From 1964, Lucas was a reporter and broadcaster.[7]

He was an alumnus of Seton Hall University, having received a bachelor's degree in communication arts.[8] In 2006, Lucas and his second wife, Allison Pfeifle, were the first couple to be married on the field of Yankee Stadium; they had been introduced to each other by Phil Rizzuto.[9]

Lucas was featured in Bleacher Boys, a 2009 documentary about blind baseball fans,[10][11] and in an April 2018 episode of SC Featured on ESPN.[12]

A resident of Union Township, Union County, New Jersey, Lucas died from pulmonary fibrosis on November 10, 2021, at the age of 82.[13][14]


  • Lucas, Ed; Lucas, Christopher (2015). Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles. Gallery/Jeter Publishing. ISBN 978-1476785837.


  1. Lucas, p.3
  2. Lucas, p.2
  3. Lucas, Ed; Lucas, Christopher (April 21, 2015). Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476785851 via Google Books.
  4. Reporter, Hudson (August 14, 2007). "On The Streets Where We Live".
  5. Dotson, Bob (April 12, 2006). "Baseball a field of dreams for blind reporter". Today.
  6. Coyne, Kevin (March 18, 2007). "Baseball Stole His Eyes, but Not His Passion". The New York Times.
  7. "The Ed Lucas Show". yesnetwork.com. September 19, 2008.
  8. "Lucas wasn't blind to lifelong ambition". The Central New Jersey Home News. November 1, 1977. p. 7. Retrieved April 2, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  9. "A home run in Yankee Stadium". Independent Record. Helena, Montana. March 11, 2006. p. 2. Retrieved April 2, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  10. "Bleacher Boys (2009)". IMDb. 18 September 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  11. "Bleacher Boys". Retrieved April 2, 2018 via YouTube.
  12. Zucker, Harvey (March 29, 2018). "Baseball columnist Ed Lucas to be featured on ESPN". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  13. Zucker, Harvey (November 10, 2021). "Ed Lucas, blind sports journalist and inspiration to so many, dies at 82". The Jersey Journal.
  14. Sandomir, Richard (November 16, 2021). "Ed Lucas, Blind Baseball Chronicler, Is Dead at 82". The New York Times.

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