Baseball has always been my passion. Shown are the three books on the sport I have written since my active sports announcing career has ended. I think baseball fans will enjoy all three and specifically Houston Astro fans for the two newest. Astro Legends is the most recent effort. It was published April 2019 and can be found through Barnes and Noble (in many stores in the Houston and Texas area, but can be ordered through ANY Barnes and Noble world wide.)
For Houston to Cooperstown and Astro Legends the publisher can take orders directly, too. Brpressbooks.com is that email connection. Blue River Press, a part of Cardinal Publishing was kind enough to handle those two. My first book which, like the other two, can be found on Amazon.com. It was published by Charthouse Publishing.
Now that the basics of how you can get copies is done let me tell you a little about them starting with my most recent, Astro Legends. This book relates the great stories, legendary moments, players and events in Houston major league baseball history. From the stories of the start of the franchise to great firsts including behind the scenes memories from the people who were part of them. The story goes right through the 2018 season with early emphasis on that the team did in 2017 in winning the franchise's first World Series championship. There are 103 Astro Legends included in the soft-cover book. In my opinion every Astro fan should have a copy of this book in their library to be able to remember what it took to get the team to the lofty spot it now holds.
Want to know the details of the franchise's first no-hitter or the no-hitter Astro pitcher Ken Johnson lost? Its all here. And one must never forget the memories from that first winning world series and the Astro stars who made it possible. Those memories are part of this book. If things had fallen right could Cesar Cedeno be remembered as the most talented Astro player of all time? Find out why it didn't happen. Two hundred seventy eight pages of information will answer a lot of questions and bring back a lot of memories.
Houston to Cooperstown- The Houston Astros' Biggio & Bagwell Years goes deeper than the title. It also offers background with the team that led to the great careers of the two Hall of Famers. And it offers anecdotes from both of their formative years before that great moment in Cooperstown. Featuring interviews with former owner Drayton McLane and managers Larry Dierker, Art Howe and Phil Garner plus long time Astro executive Tal Smith the book covers it all during those glorious Biggio and Bagwell years.
And my first book, Baseball-Its More than Just a Game, encompasses some the the events and players that built the sport world wide. It begins with the origins of baseball through the early great stars to the development of major league baseball as it is played today. The history of the equipment and ballparks that were used to the almost great players who lived most of their lives in the minor leagues. Some of the strangest injuries and unique players are highlighted. The book tells the stories that show many of the potential changes to the game that we often hear talked about now were many times ideas that were rejected decades ago. I started writing in 2013 and maybe haven't stopped yet. But my first three efforts have been great fun and I hope great reading.
Greg Lucas Sportscaster and now Author!
Starting as a college sophomore in 1965 Greg Lucas was primarily a sportscaster specializing in play by play of virtually all sports with most extensive experience in baseball (major league and collegiate), basketball (professional and collegiate) and football (collegiate..) Over the years he also worked as show host, interviewer, researcher, writer and narrator.
He can count more than 3000 games worked involving 25 different sports in both radio and television
Greg's voice has been heard in background (as sports announcer in major motion pictures and television) and had a speaking role as a sports announcer in "Glory Road" 2004. He has been a member of SAG/AFTRA since 2004.
For the last 29 years of his full time sportscasting career he was affiliated with the network that started as HSE and ended as Fox Sports Southwest/Houston.