Another media update

My blog is still being weird, and I’m still getting used to the new WordPress format, but whatever, let’s do this…

There’s been lots more media activity since my last update two weeks ago. Most of it is connected to my new book, The Baseball, but a couple things are based on my baseball collection itself.

The biggest thing I did was a nine-minute interview on an NPR show based out of Boston called “Here and Now.” Here’s a screen shot of the article about me on the show’s website:

Click here to see the full article. Once you’re there, if you click the “listen to the story” button near the top, you’ll hear the interview, and if you scroll down, you’ll find a big excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book. (By the way, that photo of me with the pyramid of balls was taken by my friend Brandon a few years ago. It seems to have become the media’s go-to photo of me, and in case you’re interested, I wrote a big blog entry that shows how we built it.)

Meanwhile, the pyramid photo made it halfway around the world. An English-language magazine in Korea called Eloquence ran a huge Q&A with me about The Baseball in its April issue. Here’s the Eloquence website, here’s the cover of the magazine, and here’s a look at the gorgeous two-page spread they put together:

For a closer look at these two pages, click here and here.

Now I want to show you an envelope that was mailed to me recently:

It was from the San Diego Union-Tribune, and it contained the following letter:

Here’s a look at the first part of the article:

Click here to see the whole article on my website, and click here to see how weird the cover my book looks on the Tribune’s site. In case they every get around to fixing it, here’s a screen shot of the horribleness:


I called and asked them to fix it and…so much for that.

The Dallas Morning News also published a review of my book. Here’s a look at the entire page that contains the review:

Click here for a full-sized version on my website, and hey, check out the front page of the newspaper. If you look closely, you’ll see the cover of my book near the top.

The book was also reviewed by a site called Blogcritics. Here’s a screen shot of the first part of the article…

…and here’s the link to the whole thing.

Here’s another review on a Red Sox blog called “Better Red Than Dead.” This is the first part of it…

…and this is where you can read the whole thing.

I did another book-related Q&A with a blog called “Mr. NYC.” Here’s a screen shot of the first part of it…

…and here’s the link in case you’d like to read the whole thing.

Here’s a very nice review of the book that some random guy posted on a website called Good Reads:

Click here to read the whole thing.

Do you remember my recent blog entry about a book event that I did at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse? Well, one of my friends who was there posted his own blog entry about the experience. His name is Tom Pryor. His blog is called “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts.” Here’s a screen shot of the first part of his entry…

…and here’s the link to the whole thing. The “popcorn megaphone” is a brilliant idea, although I wouldn’t want to sit directly in front of a kid who was using one.

Another friend of mine — a very cool dude in Denver named Don Chilcote — reviewed the book on his blog. It’s called “Rockpile Rant” and here’s a screen shot of the first part of it:

Here’s the link to Don’s entire entry. There are lots of photos. His blog is always entertaining. Check it out and visit often.

Okay, ready for something really random? I don’t know what this is or where it ran, and I can’t even find it online. I have no words. So…here, just check it out:

Random! And for the record, I don’t yet have 4,700 baseballs (give me a week), and I’ve never been profiled by NBC’s 20/20 — at least not that I’m aware of. I’ve had people tell me that they saw me on various shows and networks that I didn’t even know I was going to be on, so anything’s possible.

More random stuff…

I was browsing the other day and read this article about a guy named Tony Bracco, who gave a speech about ballhawking in one of his college classes. Bracco filmed his presentation and put it on YouTube, and my name was mentioned twice. Here’s the video. The first mention occurs at the 6:05 mark. Some girl asks a question, and if you skip to that place in the video, you’ll hear Tony’s response. Also go to the 10:43 mark and watch what happens there. Good stuff.

A few more things…

My book got a very brief mention in this interview on a site called “The Happy Nappy Bookseller.” It also got a brief/bad review on a site called Corduroy Books. P’shaw! Whatever.

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a guy named David English, who runs a site called David’s Book Talk. The interview is about 50 minutes long, and you can listen to it here. I just noticed that David wrote a review of my book on Amazon, which was really nice of him. The more reviews the better, so for anyone out there who has read The Baseball (and has a couple minutes to spare), please consider leaving some comments on Amazon. It would be incredibly helpful.

In my previous media update, do you remember when I shared an incredibly positive book review that had appeared on the New York Journal of Books website? The review was written by a gentleman named J.W. Nicklaus. He and I ended up corresponding, and just the other day, he made a 10-cent-per-ball pledge to my charity fundraiser. He also wrote about the fundraiser on his own blog. Here’s a screen shot of his post…

…and here’s the link to the full entry. Very generous of him to donate. I hope lots more people will join him and support the cause.

And finally, here’s something that’s guaranteed to make you smile…

Do you remember when I tweeted last month about being interviewed for a French newspaper? That article was finally published, and the translation is hilarious. First, here’s a screen shot of the first part of it:

The newspaper is called La Presse, and evidently it’s pretty big. Here’s some info about it on Wikipedia, and here’s the article itself. Ready for the funny part? I copied/pasted the entire article into Google Translate, and this was the result:


His name is Ben Zachary “Zack” Hample, an aficionado of baseball from New York who still lives in the Big Apple. His favorite team: the Mets.
Sports editor for 33 years, he recently published his third book, THE BASEBALL: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches published by Random House.
Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno have interviewed, and the media like ESPN, CNN, FOX, CBS, Sports Illustrated and the prestigious New York Times were especially interested in character.
“I think you’re the worst man in America!”according to Conan O’Brien, during the interview aired Oct. 9, 2009 under the Tonight Show on NBC.
But why Zack Hample he attracts so much attention, anyway?
Because he has a singular collection, growing and worthy of the Guinness Book of Records: 4662 bales harvested in 48 different major league stadiums …
The counter starts since June 20, 1990, when the young Zack received his first official ball of the hands of a poll during a Mets game at Shea Stadium.
Forty-eight stages, so. This must necessarily include the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, right?
“I have four games of experience at the Olympic Stadium,” he recounted in an email exchange with The Gazette in early March, just days before the launch of his book.
“I have accumulated a total of 19 bullets. One of the bullets was also the 2000th of my collection, May 24, 2003. It’s a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, a certain Joe Roa, who gave it to me.
“In Montreal, I also caught a foul ball in left field bleachers behind third base, left handed hitter with a hatchet which I have forgotten identity.
“I remember that the stands at Olympic Stadium were pretty empty that day, so I was able to run without problem for quite a distance between the benches, in contact with the ball on the stick, to go get object. “
Zack Hample knows every trick imaginable to collect as many balls as possible in a baseball stadium.
To quench that thirst particular, they can go to the players – or rather ask for a ball – in 35 different languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Korean and even sign language …
Among its 4662 bales, which represents for him a priceless gem?
“My most valuable ball is the last circuit hit by a Mets player at the old Shea Stadium, a slap of Carlos Beltran in the sixth inning, September 28, 2008, against the Florida Marlins. I caught the ball flying into the bleachers! “
To embellish a collection as big, sometimes you break a few rules. Zack Hample knows something.
“On June 18, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, I removed 32 bullets into an area off-limits to fans, behind the center field fence.
“As people left the auditorium after the match, I crept into this place and left unattended, with the help of my girlfriend, I filled my bag of balls fell during batting practice. I then rushed towards the exit speed.
“Obviously, 32 bullets, it’s a personal best!”
Also found in the vast treasure chest from Zack Hample, the ball’s 724th career home runs by Barry Bonds, caught August 16, 2006 at PETCO Park in San Diego.
The next step? “I plan to reach the 5,000 bales this season, or even exceed that mark – perhaps 5100 or 5200. Everything depends on my schedule and the extent of my free time. “
As if this whole adventure in baseball stadiums were not enough, Zack Hample holds several world records on video games …
Rather unique as an individual.
Zack Hample is also the author of How to Snag Major League Baseballs (Simon & Schuster, 1999) and Watching Baseball Smarter (Random House, 2007). For more information: 


Hopefully I’ll snag a few “bullets” tomorrow at Yankee Stadium, weather permitting…


  1. Matt

    If you do indeed go to the Yankee game tomorrow, I’d play the outfield for Teixeira’s at bats. He’s hit a home run in each of the first three games. (But I’m guessing that your all over it.) Also, I MIGHT be going up to PA around the time of your book event in Philadelphia. So if I have some extra time I might swing by to hear what you have to say.

  2. Matt

    Hey Zack, the random article about you can be found at this website: It’s just part of an article written by “A Denver-based marketing and communications agency providing marketing strategy, public relations and design solutions for business and non-profit clients.” So……there you go.

  3. Zack Hample

    Thanks. Right now the weather is still a little iffy, so I’m not sure if I’m going today…

    And once again, you have won the internet. Thanks for that link, and as for Teixiera, yeah, seriously, that guy is just going nuts. Right field seems to be pretty crowded during games, so I might try to get a seat in LF instead.

    Great review! I just left you a comment. Thanks.

    Very cool. Gonna check it out right now…

  4. J.W. Nicklaus

    ‘Twould appear you have hit a nerve! A well-deserved collection of reviews, Zack. I certainly hope to see you on-air during the All Star game or Home Run Derby. If I had some strings to pull with the Dbacks I’d certainly do so.

    Congratulations and thanks for the mention!

  5. Todd

    Okay. Its official. I am ready to read your first game entry. So, if you aren’t there right now, you better get out to the ballpark tomorrow.

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