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April 8, 2016 Last updated: January 1, 2020

How to Catch a Souvenir Baseball

How to catch a ball at a baseball game illustration

On any given game night, it’s estimated that over 100 baseballs are used during a 9-inning celebration of America’s favorite pastime. For fans, every wall-clearing home run and errant foul ball represents an opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind keepsake. If you’re looking to catch your next prized possession, consider starting your search well before the ump yells “Play ball!”

  1. Decide if you want a home run ball (harder), or if a foul ball will do (easier). Then choose the right seat.
  2. Bring your glove to the game.
  3. Get the game early for batting practice. Smaller crowds and more accessible players increase your chance of getting a ball.
  4. Pay closer attention to batters favoring your side of the field.
  5. Avoid interfering with the play. Make sure the ball passes over the wall before trying to catch it.
  6. Be a gentleman. There’s no need for shoving or other shenanigans just to get a ball.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

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