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Zack Hample (1977–) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

Born 1977, in New York, NY; Education: Guilford College, B.A., 2000. Religion: "Jewish/agnostic." Hobbies and other interests: "Baseball, people, musical discovery, reminiscing, staying up late, throwing things, playing with kids at grown-up parties, sesame chicken, Arkanoid, singing the instrumental part, hand-eye coordination, Scrabble, dissing people in my journal, going through red lights on my bike."


Office—Argosy Book Store, 116 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022.


Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, enrollment representative, 2001; Frozen Ropes Baseball Center, New York, NY, instructor, 2002; Columbia Broadcasting Service, Inc. (CBS), New York, NY, production assistant, 2003; Argosy Book Store, New York, NY, Web master and sales associate, 2003–05; Major League Baseball Advanced Media, New York, NY, baseball writers, 2005–.

Honors Awards

$1,000 for breaking the world record on Arkanoid (a video game from 1986), Twin Galaxies, 2000.


How to Snag Major League Baseballs: More than 100 Tested Tricks That Really Work, Aladdin Paperbacks (New York, NY), 1999.

Work in Progress

How to Watch Baseball Better, 2006; How to Snag Major League Baseballs, Volume II, 2007; But I Hate Walking (children's book), 2008.


Zack Hample told Something about the Author: "I've collected 2,542 baseballs at major league games. When I was younger, people used to tease me for being obsessed with something so dorky. But now that I have a book published on the subject, I'm not such a dork. Funny how that works.

"Now all I have to do is write something about my 189-pound rubber band ball."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Sports Illustrated, April 9, 2001, Rick Kelly, "A Ballsy Fan: If You Would Listen to Zack Hample, You'd Come Home with a Ball Every Game," p. 100.


Zack Hample Web site, http://www.zackhample.com (June 25, 2005).

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