Grassroots Baseball: Route 66 (Signed by Fergie Jenkins, 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 Fergie Jenkins, 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
Pitching in an era “when the manager gave you the ball and didn’t expect it back until the game was over,” Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins’ name could perennially be found among the league leaders in games won, complete games and innings pitched. The Canadian right-hander showcased a variety of pitches while amassing 284 victories during a 19-year career. However, control was Jenkins’ chief asset. “My game plan is simple, I throw strikes and make ’em hit the ball. When I can do that, I’m on my way to a winning season.” And there were plenty of those for the seven-time 20-game winner.

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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 Fergie Jenkins, 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
Pitching in an era “when the manager gave you the ball and didn’t expect it back until the game was over,” Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins’ name could perennially be found among the league leaders in games won, complete games and innings pitched. The Canadian right-hander showcased a variety of pitches while amassing 284 victories during a 19-year career. However, control was Jenkins’ chief asset. “My game plan is simple, I throw strikes and make ’em hit the ball. When I can do that, I’m on my way to a winning season.” And there were plenty of those for the seven-time 20-game winner.

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