Creative Person of the Week

11 Feb

Edward Lucas (born in Jersey City, NJ January 3, 1939) is a blind sports writer, broadcaster and motivational speaker.  As a reporter for the New York Mets and the New York Yankees, Lucas has covered the playoffs, the World Series and the All Star games. He has interviewed hundred of sports figures and celebrities over his fifty-five-year career. Ed has worked as a syndicated radio personality and columnist and has been inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. In 2008 Seton Hall University with the support of WCBS 880 AM — the Yankees Radio Network created  Strikeouts for Scholarships, a scholarship program for disabled students in honor of Ed Lucas.

On October 3, 1951, after watching the New York Giants defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League Pennant, Ed Lucas, a boy of twelve, went out to play baseball with his friends. He was struck in the face by a line drive and subsequently lost his sight.  His mother enrolled him in Saint Joseph’s School for the Blind, a revolutionary institute run by disciplinarian nuns who believed that blind people could do anything they set out to do if they could learn to be independent and have self confidence.

In the late 1980s, Ed was introduced by Phil Rizzuto to Allison Pfeifle, his florist, who was also legally blind. After a long courtship, Ed married Allison at home plate in Yankee Stadium on March 10, 2006. This was the first time that anyone was allowed to be married in that hallowed spot, and the wedding made news all over the globe.

In 1995, Ed was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. In 2001, Ed was honored to be chosen, along with his sons, as one of the inspirational people to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of New York City on its way to the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Lucas has spoken at hundreds of corporations and associations. His stories of his years as a blind sport’s writer are inspirational, funny and full of life’s lessons. He also speaks on overcoming disabilities in the work place – how corporations can and need to change. Ed also speaks on having a disability, how conditions are changing for the better in America and what more needs to be done.

(Excerpt taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Lucas#Motivational_speaking)

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