Jeff Idelson, who has been engrossed with the greatest players in baseball history as president of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, has decided to go back his roots.

His grassroots.

Idelson, who will retire in August after 25 years with the Hall of Fame, plans to announce Thursday that he is launching Grassroots Baseball, a program designed to promote and celebrate the amateur game.

The five-month tour will begin May 1, traveling 2,448 miles on historic Route 66 through eight states.

The tour will begin on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago at the start of the famed Route 66, one of the country’s original highways that opened in 1926, and end in October in Santa Monica, Calif.

The start of Route 66 in Chicago. (Photo: Jean Fruth/@jeanfruthimages)

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