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In her latest book Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, photographer Jean Fruth’s images celebrate and illuminate America’s pastime in the small towns and large cities that connect the historic highway.
The book includes over 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, the 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 Johnny Bench, George Brett and Jim Thome — all of whom got their starts along Route 66 — highlight a list of current and retired baseball legends who contributed first-person essays.
— AUTHOR-SIGNED COPY