Time to donate — 2014

Now that the 2014 World Series is over, it’s time to send your donations to Pitch In For Baseball. I ended up snagging 630 balls in 87 games, so the math is a bit tricky, but don’t worry . . . I’ve already done it for you. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how much you owe — and get ready to win some prizes. As I mentioned in this blog entry before the season, I’m going to be giving away a bunch of baseball-related collectibles:

doc_gooden_uniform_pants21) game-worn uniform pants autographed by Dwight Gooden
2) a special-edition 2001 World Series ball
3) a 2007 Home Run Derby “gold ball”
4) an inscribed copy of The Baseball
5) a signed copy of Miracle Mud
6) signed copies of The San Francisco Splash and The Wrigley Riddle
7) baseball cards from the 1987 and 1988 Topps Traded sets
8) ticket stubs from the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia
9) souvenir cups from the Opening Series

Make sure that Pitch In For Baseball receives your money before December 3rd — a little more than a month from today. That’s when I’m going to conduct the drawing, and remember that the more you donate, the more chances you’ll have to win something. (For every penny that you donate per ball that I snagged this season, your name will be thrown into the hat, so in other words, if you donate $6.30 to the charity, your name will be in there once. If you donate $31.50 — the equivalent of five cents per ball — your name will be there five times, so you’ll be five times more likely to be chosen. The first person whose name is drawn will have the first choice of which prize to receive. That person will then be ineligible to win anything else, so there will be nine different winners. The second person whose name is chosen will get to choose one of the remaining eight prizes, and so on.)

There are two ways to pay:

pifb_logo_11_06_13OPTION ONE:

Mail a check, payable to Pitch In For Baseball, to the following address:

Pitch In For Baseball
c/o Zack Hample
1541 Gehman Road
Harleysville, PA 19438

FYI: The reason for writing “c/o Zack Hample” is to inform the folks at Pitch In For Baseball that you’re one of my donors. This will help them keep track of the all the money I’m raising for them.


Pay with your credit card by following these steps:

1) Visiting my fundraising page.
2) Scroll to the bottom.
3) Look for the red banner that says “Make a contribution.”
4) Click the “Other” option at the bottom of the box.
5) Type in the amount of your donation.
6) Click the “Continue” button down below and following the remaining steps.

Thanks so much! I love being able to use my collection to raise money (and awareness) for this charity, and obviously I couldn’t do it without your help.


  1. Zack Hample

    Anything’s possible. And yes, I got the email, and I believe you’ve gotten my response. Sometimes it takes me a few days (or weeks) to catch up on emails.

    That’s an appropriate reaction.

    Hmm, let’s see. Gooden is about 6-foot-3 and weighs more than 200 pounds. You’re 5-foot-7 and weigh about 110, so yeah, I think they’ll look great on you.

  2. TJC

    Haley hample has a nice ring to it. Where is Pablo sandovall going I would guess Red Sox he s a free agent . Go Chargers beat the Jets tomorrow

  3. Zack Hample

    Rounding up is for babies. When a four-and-a-half-year-old kid says he’s five, I’m always like, “Umm, you’re four.”

    Eh, I don’t know about that. I have “Hample legs” which are quite thick.

    Maybe I’ll take *her* last name. I hope Pablo stays in San Francisco. I like him there. As for the Chargers and Jets . . . sorry, but I don’t follow hockey.

  4. Nick Gantz

    Zack the Chargers and Jets are NFL football. Wow you’re uneducated in other sports. That honestly is the funniest thing i’ve seen today. AND you live in New York… even better

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