Grassroots Baseball: Route 66 (Signed by Goose Gossage, 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 Goose Gossage, 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
With his blazing fastball and intimidating scowl, Richard “Goose” Gossage redefined success for relievers. After breaking in with the White Sox in 1972, Gossage found his role when manager Chuck Tanner made him his bullpen ace in 1975. Gossage saved 26 games that season and another 26 in 1977 after a trade to the Pirates. He left for free agent riches in New York in 1978, helping the Yankees win the World Series that year by saving 27 games and winning 10 more. Then in 1984 – in his first season with the Padres – Gossage saved 25 games to help San Diego win its first National League pennant. He finished his 22-year big league career with 124 wins, 310 saves and nine All-Star Game selections.

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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 Goose Gossage, 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
With his blazing fastball and intimidating scowl, Richard “Goose” Gossage redefined success for relievers. After breaking in with the White Sox in 1972, Gossage found his role when manager Chuck Tanner made him his bullpen ace in 1975. Gossage saved 26 games that season and another 26 in 1977 after a trade to the Pirates. He left for free agent riches in New York in 1978, helping the Yankees win the World Series that year by saving 27 games and winning 10 more. Then in 1984 – in his first season with the Padres – Gossage saved 25 games to help San Diego win its first National League pennant. He finished his 22-year big league career with 124 wins, 310 saves and nine All-Star Game selections.

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JERSEY SIZE 40 44 48 52 56 60
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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"