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Zack Hample, Baseball Fan Extraordinaire

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At last count, baseball fan Zack Hample had (by his own measure) snagged 3,547 baseballs at 44 different major league stadiums. Courtesy of Zack Hample hide caption

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At last count, baseball fan Zack Hample had (by his own measure) snagged 3,547 baseballs at 44 different major league stadiums.

Courtesy of Zack Hample

Dedicated baseball fan Zack Hample knows all the ins and outs of the game — including when it's okay for a pitcher to hit a batter deliberately.

Hample turned his obsession with the game into a career. He gives tours of stadiums, appears on television and radio and writes about the sport in his blog, The Baseball Collector. His books include Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks and How to Snag Major League Baseballs.

This interview was originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2007.