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Elijah "Lucky" Miller did more than carry bats for Josh Gibson and the Homestead Grays. He lived a century of baseball history.
39 backers pledged $1,885 to help bring this project to life.

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The day I met Elijah "Lucky" Miller, I told him I wanted to write a children's book about him. Why a children's book? Because I felt like a kid listening to his stories of great ballplayers ranging from Josh Gibson to Roberto Clemente to Hank Aaron. He was the funny, clever grandfather we all wish we had.

The illustrations -- old photos combined with new ones -- looked so real that when he saw them Elijah insisted "That's me!" He had them by his bedside when he passed away at the age of 104.

That's a long life, but I think we can do better. If you help me raise $1,500 to print 500 copies of the book, we can share his stories with so many more people. Thanks to you, Lucky will live forever.

Risks and challenges

We have overcome our biggest challenge, producing the book. We also have a publisher, Pneuma Publishing Intl. (www.pneumapublishing.com), and a printer, Zenger Group (www.zenger.com).
The upside of using Kickstarter to finance publication is that we can easily tweak any part of the book before it goes to press. Our backers can be our editors!

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    SINGLE - A first-edition copy of "Lucky Bats" signed by co-author Kevin Kirkland and illustrator John Butler.

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    DOUBLE - 2 first-edition copies of "Lucky Bats" signed by co-author Kevin Kirkland and illustrator John Butler plus free download of a half-hour video interview of Elijah "Lucky" Miller. 1 copy can be donated to a public library or elementary school library in Homestead, Pa., Pittsburgh, Bermuda Hundred, Va. (Lucky's hometown), or your hometown.

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    TRIPLE - 3 first-edition copies of "Lucky Bats" plus download or DVD of 2 video interviews and a video photo album of Elijah "Lucky" Miller. Any or all books can be donated to libraries in Pennsylvania, Virginia or your hometown.

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    HOMER! - 4 first-edition copies of "Lucky Bats" sent anywhere, 4 DVDs of "Lucky" video interviews and video photo album, 4 18- x 24-inch posters of your favorite 4 illustrations from the book with facsimile "Lucky" autographs.

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    Your LUCKY Weekend - 4 first-edition copies of "Lucky Bats" with your name in the acknowledgements, 1 DVD of "Lucky" interviews and album, 4 posters of favorite illustrations, 4 hats & Lucky jerseys from the 2012 Heroes Game, 4 tickets to Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and Roberto Clemente Museum, 4 tickets to Pirates regular-season home game of your choice and 2 nights at The Priory Hotel.

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