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Baseball's official historian, John Thorn, sets the record straight on the game's earliest days ...in the 1700s. Yes, that's right, baseball started decades before Abner Doubleday supposedly created the game at Cooperstown -- and it only became popular when professional gamblers took an interest.
Zack Hample, an obsessive baseball fan, has by his own count snagged 3,123 baseballs at 42 different major league stadiums. And he's turned his obsession with the game into a career, giving tours of stadiums, appearing on TV and radio and writing books — including Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks.
Called by some baseball purists the finest first baseman in the game, Keith Hernandez played with the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets, and the Cleveland Indians. He is the winner of 11 consecutive Golden Glove Awards for fielding, and played in two World Championships. Hernandez is the author of the book Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan. His newest book First Base Hero (Golden Books) is a childrens book about a boy who wants to grow up to play major league baseball. This interview first aired on February 24, 1994.