A funny thing happened the other day.
I was standing on the subway platform in Brooklyn, when I noticed that a woman nearby was reading the book Watching Baseball Smarter. She was deeply engrossed and kept flipping around to various parts of the book.
The train was late and the crowd started forming on the platform. Suddenly, a fellow she knew came over and greeted her. They started an animated conversation about her book and baseball.
All this time I wanted to step in and say, 'I know the guy who wrote it! I know Zack!' But I didn't, preferring to overhear their conversation, instead.
Zack Hample, a serious baseball geek, wrote this wonderful book chock full of history about one of the most-loved games in America.
I heard Zack read early versions of the chapters aloud. From the beginning, it was destined to be a great, entertaining read. And I was happy to see that the book has done amazingly well - in its 14th printing since the initial run in 2007.
You might have seen Zack on youtube and television - he's collected over 3,800 baseballs from major league play, and has written a book about that, too. Zack has been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was interviewed on NPR.
Like a true baseball enthusiast, he does not prefer the Yankees and Mets over other teams.
To read more about Zack on his website, click here.
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