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Ed Lucas ‘04: Talent and Grit
Believing in oneself is a characteristic shared by heroes and fools, and in his decade-long sojourn through the minor leagues, Ed Lucas ‘04 must have wondered on more than a few occasions which category was his. After Dartmouth, he played for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Burlington Bees, the High Desert Mavericks, the Wichita Wranglers, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Omaha Royals, the Gwinnett Braves, the Mississippi Braves, the Salt Lake Bees, and the New Orleans Zephyrs. That’s a lot of long bus rides, cheap hotels and run-down ballparks.
At the College Ed made First Team All-Ivy three times, and in 2004 he was Ivy League Player of the Year. The head coaches of the men’s teams voted him the Alfred E. Watson Trophy as a senior — Dartmouth’s award for the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year.
But nobody gave Ed a shot in the bigs until the Miami Marlins called him up at the end of May. He was 31 years old. As probably only a few people expected, but Ed was surely among them, he has done better than well. Through yesterday, after 27 MLB games, he was batting .282 with 29 hits in 103 at bats. He’s also doing a good job at third base, and showing Ivy League articulateness with the press. Let’s hope that Ed is in the majors to stay.
Here’s a video of his first big league home run. The Marlins’ play-by-play announcer notes that Lucas, “ten years in the minor leagues,” is “out of Dartmouth.” But when Ed goes into his trot, and as his educated man’s enduring doubt about his most important life choice evaporates for good, one can imagine him thinking something else: “I’m no fool, I’m no fool.”
Addendum: Bruce Wood at the Big Green Alert blog keeps close tabs on Ed’s progress.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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