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Date(s) - 07/25/2019
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Ford Clubhouse (Adjacent to Game On)

72 Brookline Avenue

Thursday, July 25, 2019


12-Noon Luncheon
Friday, July. 25

FORD CLUB HOUSE (adjacent to Game On at Fenway)

$45 Per Person


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 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.
“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.” Baseball Columnist Peter Gammons

“Photography and baseball are both arts. Jean beautifully captures the youthfulness and charisma of the game of baseball.” Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.

“I share Jean’s love of photography. 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.” Hall of Famer Rod Carew

Jean Fruth – Biographical Brief

From a small darkroom to the most iconic stadiums flooded with lights — Jean Fruth’s trajectory as one of baseball’s preeminent photographers has taken her on a round-the-horn tour of the sport’s most indelible landmarks.

First base was New York City, where as a student she fell in love with the alchemy of photography. Second base meant a move to Healdsburg, California, where her focus turned to portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location. From there, Jean covered the Giants and A’s for the better part of a decade, before turning her attention to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, N ew York where she helped to build the museum’s profile and photo archive by contributing her work to the venerable institution over a three-year period. While shooting for the Hall of Fame, her year-round baseball calendar started with the Caribbean Series and then moved to spring training, MLB’s regular season and post season, then back to shooting grassroots baseball over the winter in Latin American countries.

“There is always baseball being played somewhere in the world every month of the year. It is my pleasure and truly an honor to be documenting with my camera, and telling the stories through my photos,” said Jean. “Capturing the action on the field is exhilarating, but there is so much more … including all of the people and places that are part of the game’s landscape, which provides a look inside the National Pastime and its many cultural subjects.”

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.

Jeff Idelson – Biographical Brief

Jeff Idelson has spent 33 years in baseball, including the last 25 with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He has served as president of the world-renowned Museum since 2008, a positon from which he’ll retire at the end of June.

He oversees the daily operation of the non-profit, educational institution, whose mission is to honor excellence, preserve history and connect generations. The organization opened its doors in 1939 and today employs nearly 90 full-time staff members, welcoming an average of 300,000 visitors annually and more than 18 million patrons overall.

Jeff joined the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on September 26, 1994, after 15 months as assistant vice president and senior press officer for the 1994 World Cup of soccer. Prior, Jeff served as director of media relations and publicity for the New York Yankees from 1989-1993, where he made every road trip and served as the liaison for local and national media to the team, front office and ownership.

The Newton, MA native began his professional career as an intern in the public relations department of the Boston Red Sox five days after graduating from Connecticut College in 1986, continuing work in the team’s public relations department in 1987-88. He also produced radio broadcasts for all Red Sox home games for the Red Sox Radio Network in 1987 and 1988, serving as the Flagship station’s liaison to the Red Sox’ charity, the Jimmy Fund.

Jeff cut his teeth as a center fielder in Newton Central Little League, retiring as a player at age 12, later becoming a vendor at Fenway Park.