On Sunday afternoon, one lucky Indians fan managed to catch four foul balls in the same game, a feat of luck some were placing the odds at one in one trillion. To that, Zack Hample can only scoff.
The 35-year-old sportswriter has caught nearly 6,800 baseballs in the stands of major league games over the course of his life. He’s even written a book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, based off his supposed talent.
However, Hample’s latest feat is clearly a matter of skill more than luck.
Just about a year ago, Hample was going to attempt to catch a baseball dropped from a helicopter 1,000 feet in the air. Unfortunately, high winds caused the FAA to scuttle the stunt, but, over the weekend, Hample was back at it.
Outfitted with a catcher’s mitt provided by Rawlings and a full complement of protective gear (according to The Metro, the ball reached 95 mph on its 12-second drop), Hample tried the stunt again Saturday. Despite some overcast conditions, Hample coolly reeled in the ball in the outfield of LeLacheur Park, home of the Red Sox’ Single-A affiliate Lowell Spinners.
Check out what Hample is claiming to be a world record in the video below.