Grassroots Baseball: Route 66 (Signed by Author Jean Fruth and Jeff Idelson)

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Just as baseball is at the heart of America, so too is Route 66. This book is a photographic tribute to the national pastime along the artery that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, close to where the Cubs play, to the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, where baseball memories and players abound. Among the players who will guide readers on the journey will be baseball greats George Brett, Billy Hatcher, Alex Bregman, and Ryan Howard. Leading off will be Johnny Bench of Binger, Oklahoma, and cleaning up will be Jim Thome of Peoria, Illinois.

In Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, photographer Jean Fruth weaves more than 250 full-color images of the national pastime along the historic highway into a tapestry that reminds us of the heart and soul of America.

Route 66 passes through eight states in its journey to the Pacific, and each chapter opens with a first-person essay by a baseball legend from that locale recounting his early memories of playing the game, and what it was like growing up along the Mother Road. That highway took stars like George Brett, Billy Hatcher, Alex Bregman, Adam LaRoche, and Ryan Howard to faraway places they only dreamed about as kids.

Each chapter documents the route they took, from sandlots, ranches, and beaches to ballparks at every level of organized baseball, from Little League games to the World Series. With an introduction by Johnny Bench, a foreword by Mike Veeck, a preface by retired Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, and an afterword by Jim Thome, this book touches all the bases for any and every baseball fan.

  • Preface: Retired Baseball Hall of Fame president and Grassroots Baseball co-founder, Jeff Idelson
  • Foreword: Retired major league executive and minor league team owner, Mike Veeck
  • Introduction: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench
  • Afterword: Hall of Famer Jim Thome
  • Author: Jean Fruth
  • Hand signed by Author Jean Fruth and former Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson
  • Hardcover:  256 pages
  • Published: May, 2022
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 9.25 inches

 

Player Biography

Photographer Jean Fruth’s images in Grassroots Baseball: Route 66 celebrate and illuminate America’s pastime in the small towns and large cities that connect the historic highway. The book by the Grassroots Baseball® co-founder   includes more than 250 photographs of the amateur game intertwined with poignant imagery of the Americana that has come to define the Mother Road since opening nearly 100 years ago. Thanks to her uncanny eye and enterprising spirit, these pages beautifully capture children playing T-ball in rural towns, minor leaguers testing themselves in Midwestern cities, girls challenging stereotypes, history buffs recreating 19th century baseball, games on Native American pueblos, and sparkling diamonds by the ocean. Hall of Famers George Brett, Jim Thome and Johnny Bench, current Astros star Alex Bregman, and retired veteran outfielder Billy Hatcher -- all of whom got their starts along Route 66 -- highlight a list of baseball legends who contributed first-person essays.

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Just as baseball is at the heart of America, so too is Route 66. This book is a photographic tribute to the national pastime along the artery that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, close to where the Cubs play, to the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, where baseball memories and players abound. Among the players who will guide readers on the journey will be baseball greats George Brett, Billy Hatcher, Alex Bregman, and Ryan Howard. Leading off will be Johnny Bench of Binger, Oklahoma, and cleaning up will be Jim Thome of Peoria, Illinois.

In Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, photographer Jean Fruth weaves more than 250 full-color images of the national pastime along the historic highway into a tapestry that reminds us of the heart and soul of America.

Route 66 passes through eight states in its journey to the Pacific, and each chapter opens with a first-person essay by a baseball legend from that locale recounting his early memories of playing the game, and what it was like growing up along the Mother Road. That highway took stars like George Brett, Billy Hatcher, Alex Bregman, Adam LaRoche, and Ryan Howard to faraway places they only dreamed about as kids.

Each chapter documents the route they took, from sandlots, ranches, and beaches to ballparks at every level of organized baseball, from Little League games to the World Series. With an introduction by Johnny Bench, a foreword by Mike Veeck, a preface by retired Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, and an afterword by Jim Thome, this book touches all the bases for any and every baseball fan.

  • Preface: Retired Baseball Hall of Fame president and Grassroots Baseball co-founder, Jeff Idelson
  • Foreword: Retired major league executive and minor league team owner, Mike Veeck
  • Introduction: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench
  • Afterword: Hall of Famer Jim Thome
  • Author: Jean Fruth
  • Hand signed by Author Jean Fruth and former Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson
  • Hardcover:  256 pages
  • Published: May, 2022
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 9.25 inches

 

Player Biography

Photographer Jean Fruth’s images in Grassroots Baseball: Route 66 celebrate and illuminate America’s pastime in the small towns and large cities that connect the historic highway. The book by the Grassroots Baseball® co-founder   includes more than 250 photographs of the amateur game intertwined with poignant imagery of the Americana that has come to define the Mother Road since opening nearly 100 years ago. Thanks to her uncanny eye and enterprising spirit, these pages beautifully capture children playing T-ball in rural towns, minor leaguers testing themselves in Midwestern cities, girls challenging stereotypes, history buffs recreating 19th century baseball, games on Native American pueblos, and sparkling diamonds by the ocean. Hall of Famers George Brett, Jim Thome and Johnny Bench, current Astros star Alex Bregman, and retired veteran outfielder Billy Hatcher -- all of whom got their starts along Route 66 -- highlight a list of baseball legends who contributed first-person essays.

Men's Jerseys

JERSEY SIZE 40 44 48 52 56 60
Size Equivalent S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"
Waist 28 - 30" 32 - 34" 36 - 38" 40 - 42" 44 - 46" 48 - 50" 52 - 54"
Hip 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"