Beyond the Fence is a story of baseball played out under the municipal lights of Wisconsin, a slice of Americana at its irreverent best. An honest and unapologetic examination of the young and not-so-young men who refuse to grow old gracefully, it will make you want to cash in that big league ticket and spend the evening in the bleachers with a beer, watching the game as it was meant to be played. More
Much has been written about professional baseball, from the lowest levels of the minors to the bright lights of the big leagues. Beyond the Fence, rather, is a story about town ball, as Spring Valley Hawk Lance Chatworth would put it, "The last pure form of the game on Earth."
Beyond the Fence is loosely based on several true stories from author Josh Eidem's ten years around amateur baseball, and set against the backdrop of the endearing but sometimes nefarious Plum City Memorial Weekend Baseball Tournament. It is a story championing those athletes who compete for the love of their sport, to feed their competitive spirit, or just for somewhere to fit in. If you've ever been associated with a team (of misfits) in any sport, you'll find plenty of familiar characters on Chatworth's Hawks.