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One of a kind

by David Rhode

There are few times when we can say that someone is truly unique…a true one of kind person.  Pitch In For Baseball has the pleasure of associating with one such person.  You may have already heard of him.  His name is Zack Hample

A kid at heart hardly describes Zack’s enthusiasm for baseball.  Zack has been attending games his whole life, but that’s far from a unique story.  Zack snags baseballs at games and does so at a rate that is hard to believe.  Last season he snagged over a 1,000 batting practice, foul balls, home run balls and various other balls at Major League stadiums.  He has snagged just over 5,900 balls at 49 different parks in his lifetime including a streak of over 800 consecutive games with at least 1 ball. 

For the last 3 years, Zack has generously donated to Pitch In For Baseball by having folks pledge a certain amount for each ball he can grab during a season.  He’ll surpass $20,000 in donations by the end of this season.  You can join the team of folks helping in this fashion by registering here.

Moreover, Zack is an accomplished author of 3 baseball books.  They make a great read for any fan of the game.

As he appeared in Sports Illustrated

In this “me too” world, Zack has a number of followers and I daresy wanna bees.  But for those who’ve met him there is only 1 Zack Hample and I’m glad he’s our friend.

Meeting a hero

by Tom Schoenfelder

Before working at Pitch In For Baseball, I never thought I’d get the opportunity to meet some of my idols growing up.  My first week on the job I was told I needed to call Zack Hample, ballhawk of all ballhawks and awesome author.  I remember as a twelve year old boy reading his book entitled How to Snag Major League Baseballs.  During that phone call I realized Zack was a normal guy…a normal guy that’s snagged 5,819 baseballs at Major League ballgames.

This past summer I had the pleasure of meeting Zack, along with his family, during a visit to our warehouse in Pennsylvania.  I was asked if I didn’t mind being on camera for a Korean documentary.  Of course I didn’t shy away from the limelight and relished the opportunity to have my 15 mins of fame in far away land.  Here is what ensued…

Zack is a unique person and the best at what he does.  If you do not already follow Zacks blog you are missing out.

Zack Hample is snagged

Zack Hample joins the Pitch In For Baseball team

 

New York, NY-Just when the Hot Stove League appeared to be drying up, the dominant player at his position has found his team for 2009.  Zack Hample, the recognized leader of snagging baseballs at MLB ballparks, will be bringing his unique talents to the non profit organization Pitch In For Baseball during the 2009 season.

 

Zack’s credentials place him at the pinnacle of baseball collectors.  Since 1990, he has grabbed more than 3,800 baseballs at 44 different MLB stadiums.  What makes this season of snagging so different, however, is that Zack will now be using his unparalleled skills to further the mission of youth baseball and softball non profit partner, Pitch In For Baseball www.pitchinforbaseball.org.

 

Zack’s plan is simple.  He will visit various stadiums, snagging baseballs with his usual array of tricks and insights (he can ask for a ball in over 30 languages).  Historically, he has been able to accumulate 200-300 balls per season, including balls from batting practice and live play.  Individuals and corporate partners can pledge any amount of money for each ball he grabs during the 2009 season by visiting www.zackhample.com/charity.php.   

 

Zack’s goal for the season is to raise at least $50,000.  That translates to 1,000 supporters donating 25 cents for a projected 200 balls snagged. Of course, Zack hopes more than 1,000 supporters join the “Sultan of Snag” and he also hopes to reel in more than 200 balls.

 

“I love baseball and I love kids,” says Zack.  “Getting to snag baseballs for a charity that combines both is a dream come true.  I can’t wait for Opening Day!”

 

Zack will be opening the season with a trip to Toronto April 6-9 in pursuit of Gary Sheffield’s 500th career home run ball and any other ball he can grab during that series.

 

Pitch In For Baseball collects and redistributes new and “gently used” youth baseball equipment to needy children both here in the U.S. and around the world.  “We are delighted to be able to bring Zack onto our team,” says David Rhode, Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball.  “His passion and the passion of his many followers provide a unique and fun way for baseball fans to support our charitable mission.”

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About Zack Hample

 

Zack lives in New York City.  He has written two books How to Snag Major League Baseballs (1999) and Watching Baseball Smarter (2007) — and has a third on the way (2011) about what else? Baseball!

You can watch Zack on YouTube and contact him at zack@zackhample.com

 

About Pitch In For Baseball

 

Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved communities both in the U.S. and around the world.  PIFB has distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 50 countries worldwide and more than 100 communities around the United States impacting over 60,000 children in need.  Based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PIFB is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Contact Executive Director, David Rhode at drhode@pitchinforbaseball.org.