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The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals and Secrets beneath the Stitches


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The best-selling author of Watching Baseball Smarter shares historical and modern stories about the ball at the center of America's favorite pastime while tracing the baseball's evolution from a string-wrapped walnut to today's invisible ink-stamped ball. Original.

About the Author

\Zack Hample is the bestselling author of Watching Baseball Smarter. He has snagged more than 4,600 baseballs from 48 different major league stadiums and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows.

Table of Contents

Baseballs in the news. The souvenir craze. "Ball grabbers, read this" ; Steve Bartman ; Jeffrey Maier ; Red Sox World Series balls ; Barry Bonds home run balls ; Hand Aaron's final home run ; Sammy Sosa's 62nd home run of 1998 ; Ryan Howard's 200th career home run ; Big money opportunities — Foul ball lore. Consecutive foul balls ; Lightning strikes twice ; Nice "catch" ; Heckle this! ; Don't mess with Cal Ripken, Jr. ; Lynyrd Skynyrd ; Banned from baseball ; Great balls of fire ; Happy Mother's day ; Family affair ; That ball is — gone — Death by baseball. Dangerous game ; Ray Chapman ; Mike Coolbaugh ; Fan fatalities ; Fowl balls — Stunts. Such great heights ; Knocking the cover off the ball ; Punk'd by Pete Rose ; Outer space ; The motorcycle test ; Does a curveball really curve? ; The Brass Glove Award ; Just say no — Foul balls in pop culture. Movies and TV shows ; Celebrity ballhawks — Historical and factual stuff. The evolution of the ball. — The Rawlings method . (De)constructing the ball ; The Pill ; Mission : impossible ; The winding room ; The cowhide ; The stitching process ; Finishing touches ; Commemorative balls — Storage, preparation, and usage. Striving for uniformity ; Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud ; Equipment managers — How to snag major league baseballs. Before you enter the stadium. Luck versus skill ; Choosing a game ; Stadium security ; Buying tickets ; What to bring ; When to arrive — Batting practice. The first 60 seconds ; General advice on positioning ; Left field versus right field ; Home run balls ; Ground balls ; The glove trick (and other devices) — How to get a player to throw you a ball. Dress for success ; A mishmash of strategies ; Don't be annoying ; Tailing your request to the situation ; Where to go and when to be there ; If it rains — The game itself. What are the odds? ; Foul ball theory ; Game home runs ; Nice catch! Now what? ; Third-out balls and other tosses ; After the final out — Top 10 lists and other things of interest. Top 10 ballhawks of all time ; Top 10 memorable ballhawking moments ; Top 10 stadiums for ballhawking ; Spring training, home run derby, and the postseason ; Ballhawking etiquette ; Documenting your collection — Ballhawk glossary.

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Stunts, Scandals and Secrets beneath the Stitches
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Hample, Zack
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