Book update No. 29 — fan mail

Remember when I blogged last month about the galleys for The Baseball? Well, somehow, one of the galleys ended up on eBay. Check out this screen shot:
I decided not to blog about it at the time because, quite simply, this advanced copy should not have been leaked, and I didn’t want to reward the seller by driving up interest. Not surprisingly, it ended up being bought by someone who reads this blog — a 15-year-old named Matt, who’s been leaving lots of comments recently as “mhbaseball.”
Yesterday Matt finished reading the book and sent me the following email:
Dear Zack,
I was just about to go to bed last night when I decided to read another couple of pages from the galley. Well a couple of pages turned into ten pages; and ten turned into a whole chapter. Before long, you guessed it, I finished the rest of it. I couldn’t help myself. It was such a great book, that I wanted to keep reading, and reading, and reading. I even read the introduction.(Something I never do when I am reading a new book.)

I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know about the history of the ball. There were even some things that I thought I knew, but had completely wrong. My three favorite parts of the book are the sections about: The Rawlings factory, Celebrity ballhawks, and the amazing timeline of how baseballs have changed over the course of the game. It is amazing how something so poorly put together was tweeked, almost every year since the 1840’s, to become the masterfully assembled baseball of today.

I have never read “How To Snag Major League Baseballs” or “Watching Baseball Smarter”, but I can’t see them being much better than this.

Matt is right about How to Snag Major League Baseballs. It’s a terrible book, and I’m embarrassed to have written it. I have to say, though, that Watching Baseball Smarter is pretty damn good, but okay, yes, The Baseball is probably the best of the three.
Big thanks to Matt for the positive email he sent; click here to read all the fan mail that I’ve already received about The Baseball (which will be officially released in 57 days).


  1. boblheader


    As a proud owner of a galley, I couldn’t imagine selling it on eBay. I’m loving reading it. I am taking detailed notes, so the process is a little slower than if I was reading strictly for enjoyment.

    I’m currently into the snagging portion of the book and smile each time you mention different things that you’ve done in your snagging career, because I remember reading it here on the blog and being in awe.

    Keep up the good work.

    Phill in Utah (@pjmorgan11 on twitter)

  2. orange24

    I gotta say How to snag major league baseballs is my favorite book of all time even though you think it is bad. So im pumped for this book to come out!

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