Ed Lucas: “He was often asked how a blind man could cover baseball. He cited the ability to sense where a ball was hit by listening to the crack of the bat.”

From a New York Times obit by Richard Sandomir headlined “Ed Lucas, Blind Baseball Chronicler, Is Dead at 82”:

The New York Giants had just won the 1951 pennant on Bobby Thomson’s walk-off home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds when 12-year-old Ed Lucas raced out of his Jersey City apartment in the late afternoon to play baseball with his friends.

Rarely asked to pitch because of his poor vision — he was legally blind — he took the mound when some of the other boys went home. He laid down his thick glasses — none of his favorite major league pitchers wore glasses, so why should he? — and uncorked a pitch with all his might.