Playing Ball with Don Hamerman

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Even if, like us, you’ve never had a firm grasp of the infield fly rule, we think you’ll appreciate the baseball photographs of Don Hamerman that William Drenttel has just spotlighted over on Design Observer. Drenttel (who, although not a baseball fan, points out that spring training starts tomorrow) tells of Hamerman’s hobby over the past few years of picking up lost and forgotten baseballs while walking his dog. This pastime resulted in a series of stunning photographs of baseballs with personality. One has taken a mean slice to the face, a pair of shy-looking ones are poised for a kiss, and another could be a scale model of the planet Venus. But our favorite has to be this one, which looks like the hard-souled cousin of Wilson, the volleyball that played a supporting role in Cast Away.