The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.
Which Hall of Famer once caught a ball dropped from an airplane?
Why do balls get stamped with invisible ink?
What’s the best ticket to buy for catching a foul ball?
Which part of the ball once came from dog food companies?
How could a 10,000-year-old glacier help a pitcher grip the ball?
In this enlightening, entertaining, and often wildly funny book, Zack Hample shares ballpark legends and lore, details the evolution of the ball, and offers up his secret methods for snagging your own from major league games.
Baker & Taylor
Examines the history of the baseball, including how it is made and the reasons behind fans' quest to own a ball, and offer tips on how to catch one at a major league park.
The best-selling author of
stunts, scandals, and secrets beneath the stitches
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
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
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