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    Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks (Vintage) (Paperback) By (author) Zack Hample

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    DescriptionWhether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching game to a beginner, "Watching Baseball Smarter "leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan's guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastime. What is the difference between a slider and a curveball? At which stadium did "The Wave" first make an appearance? How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills? Which positions are never""played by lefties? Why do some players urinate on their hands? Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of "Schott's Miscellany," "Watching Baseball Smarter "will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport-no matter what your level of expertise. Zack Hample is an obsessed fan and a regular writer for minorleaguebaseball.com. He's collected nearly 3,000 baseballs from major league games and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. His first book, "How to Snag Major League Baseballs, " was published in 1999.


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    Title
    Watching Baseball Smarter
    Subtitle
    A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Zack Hample
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 254
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 195 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307280329
    ISBN 10: 0307280322
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    DC21: 796.357
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24450
    Libri: I-SR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 06
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    DC22: 796.357
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WSJT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A09302025
    BISAC V2.8: SPO003000, SPO003040
    LC classification: GV867 .H25 2007
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    Illustrations note
    LINE ART
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    27 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Zack Hample has caught roughly 3,000 baseballs from 41 Major League stadiums. His first book, "How to Snag Major League Baseballs," was published in 1999. Since then, he has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio, and television. He currently writes for minorleaguebaseball.com, and has a popular blog, The Baseball Collector, chronicling his obsession. http: //www.zackhample.com
    Review quote
    "This isn't the first book to take on the challenge of explaining baseball intricacies, but I've never seen it done better. . . . When it comes to producing 'aha moments' of baseball enlightenment, the book indeed has a high batting average." --"The Seattle Times" "Hample calls himself an obsessed fan--obsessed in a good way--and the product of his torment is a funny and informative guide for all levels of fans." --"Yankees Magazine" "Engaging. . . . Hample's book is both deceptive in its simplicity (the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk) and surprising in its range." --"Fortune"