New book gives a look at America's pastime here in the North Country

"They brought it back and that's a big reason for a lot of [town-team baseball's] growth," said Garrow. "I wanted to capture that."

The labor that went into writing the 214-page book, was a sporadic effort, Garrow said. It involved many hours of researching newspapers and speaking with local historians in his spare time and even taking time to catch up with some old friends - and rivals.

"I interviewed a number of individuals I played with back in the '40s, '50s and '60s. And, wherever I could get pictures, I did, and included it all with my writing," said Garrow.

"It's been fun. It's been like a hobby," Garrow continued, discussing his writing. "It was great just being able to go back and recapture some of the games and get back in touch with the guys I played ball with or played against."

Though the game's popularity began to diminish in the 1960s, where Garrow's book leaves off, there are still friendly rivalries among small teams today, he said. Garrow said he plans to write a second book, focusing on the sport from 1960 through today.

Garrow's book, published by Bloated Toe Publishing in Peru, is available through the publisher's Web site, www.bloatedtoe.com.

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