Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin (Signed by Wade Boggs)

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In Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, photographer Jean Fruth features more than 250 of the best images from all levels of the amateur game in various US cities, as well as several hotbeds of baseball around the world. Each chapter opens with a portrait of a baseball legend and a first-person essay recounting his early memories of playing the game. Some of the stars highlighted in this full-color book include Whitey Ford, Vladimir Guerrero, Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Ichiro Suzuki. The pages that follow in each chapter document the game from sandlots to big-time ballparks, and at every level of organized baseball, giving readers a window into how these legends' careers began. With an introduction by Cal Ripken, Jr., a foreword by Steve Wulf, and an afterword by Johnny Bench, this book makes the perfect gift for baseball fans of all teams.

Jean Fruth has been a photographer for nearly two decades and shooting baseball for the past 15 years. She covered the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, before turning her attention to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, where she helped to build the museum’s profile and photo archive. Today, Fruth is the traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball, a digital media company and Hall of Fame partner that tells the story of Latino baseball across the United States and Latin America. She is recognized by Sony as one of its 45 Sony Artisans of Imagery, world-wide.

"In Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, Jean Fruth has captured the multiple layers that make the game such a microcosm of society.  Jean's photographs are athletic symphonies" - Peter Gammons

"Photography and baseball are both arts.  Jean beautifully captures the youthfulness and charisma of the game of baseball" - Ken Griffey Jr.

"I share Jean's love of photograph.  Baseball is a way of life in so many places, near and far.  Jean's photographs vividly capture the grassroots game and its many wonderful stories" - Rod Carew

  • Author: Jean Fruth
  • Hand signed by Hall of Famer Wade Boggs
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Published: May, 2019
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1.25 x 9.2 inches

 

Player Biography
“He may have the best hand-eye coordination of anyone I’ve ever seen,” Ted Williams once noted of Wade Boggs. A lifetime .328 hitter and five-time American League batting champion, including four in a row, Boggs totaled seven consecutive 200-hit seasons and led the A.L. in on-base percentage six times. After the 1992 season, Boggs moved from the Boston Red Sox to the rival New York Yankees, where he earned two Gold Glove awards and also a World Series title in 1996. The 12-time All-Star finished his career with his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays, hitting a home run for his 3,000th career hit in 1999.

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In Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, photographer Jean Fruth features more than 250 of the best images from all levels of the amateur game in various US cities, as well as several hotbeds of baseball around the world. Each chapter opens with a portrait of a baseball legend and a first-person essay recounting his early memories of playing the game. Some of the stars highlighted in this full-color book include Whitey Ford, Vladimir Guerrero, Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Ichiro Suzuki. The pages that follow in each chapter document the game from sandlots to big-time ballparks, and at every level of organized baseball, giving readers a window into how these legends' careers began. With an introduction by Cal Ripken, Jr., a foreword by Steve Wulf, and an afterword by Johnny Bench, this book makes the perfect gift for baseball fans of all teams.

Jean Fruth has been a photographer for nearly two decades and shooting baseball for the past 15 years. She covered the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, before turning her attention to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, where she helped to build the museum’s profile and photo archive. Today, Fruth is the traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball, a digital media company and Hall of Fame partner that tells the story of Latino baseball across the United States and Latin America. She is recognized by Sony as one of its 45 Sony Artisans of Imagery, world-wide.

"In Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, Jean Fruth has captured the multiple layers that make the game such a microcosm of society.  Jean's photographs are athletic symphonies" - Peter Gammons

"Photography and baseball are both arts.  Jean beautifully captures the youthfulness and charisma of the game of baseball" - Ken Griffey Jr.

"I share Jean's love of photograph.  Baseball is a way of life in so many places, near and far.  Jean's photographs vividly capture the grassroots game and its many wonderful stories" - Rod Carew

  • Author: Jean Fruth
  • Hand signed by Hall of Famer Wade Boggs
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Published: May, 2019
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1.25 x 9.2 inches

 

Player Biography
“He may have the best hand-eye coordination of anyone I’ve ever seen,” Ted Williams once noted of Wade Boggs. A lifetime .328 hitter and five-time American League batting champion, including four in a row, Boggs totaled seven consecutive 200-hit seasons and led the A.L. in on-base percentage six times. After the 1992 season, Boggs moved from the Boston Red Sox to the rival New York Yankees, where he earned two Gold Glove awards and also a World Series title in 1996. The 12-time All-Star finished his career with his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays, hitting a home run for his 3,000th career hit in 1999.

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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"