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Jean Fruth’s Baseball Roots Run Deep

Jean Fruth’s Baseball Roots Run Deep

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Jean Fruth is a diehard baseball fan. “Growing up in New York, with two great hometown teams, how could you not connect with the sport?”

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Jean Fruth is a diehard baseball fan. “Growing up in New York, with two great hometown teams, how could you not connect with the sport?” she asks. As a teen, she worked in a restaurant owned by serious Mets fans who had season tickets, “And they would take me to games,” she reminisces. “And my grandfather was a Mets fan, listening to games on the radio.”
Such formative influences foreshadow her ultimate path to becoming one of baseball’s preeminent photographers, yet it took many years of exploration for Fruth to put a plan into action. “My path wasn't obvious to me at first,” she notes, “and I did a whole bunch of things trying to figure it out.”

From Portraits to Sports

After discovering the magic of photography during a high school darkroom class in New York, Fruth’s interest in the medium resurfaced in a Northern California portrait studio several years later. She elaborates, “I began my photography in portraiture, not because that was my passion or my chosen path, but it was where the opportunity was.”
Photographs © Jean Fruth, except where otherwise indicated

Portrait of Fruth’s first mentors, photographers Carol Farrow and Jean Porter
She had landed a position in a thriving portrait business with two women who took her under their wing. Recalls Fruth, “It was all black-and-white film, shot on location and very artistic, and they had a darkroom where they printed the portraits on beautiful stock paper.”

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