Jean Fruth’s Grassroots Baseball Book


Now available at Gallery 270 is Jean Fruth’s Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin. Jean is a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball, a digital media company that tells the story of Latino baseball across the United States and Latin America through original video, written and social content.

She is honored to be recognized by Sony as one of its 45 Sony Artisans of Imagery, worldwide.

Grassroots Baseball, the first book in Fruth’s series, features more than 250 of the best images from all levels of the amateur game in the US 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.


Grassroots Baseball is available in two editions through Gallery 270:

A first edition book, printed in Italy – $60.00

Exclusive Gallery 270 edition – first edition book, printed in Italy with one of four signed 8×10 custom prints on Hahnemuhle paper – “priceless” and unavailable anywhere else – $100.00