Baseball Artist and Entrepreneur Returns to Truman

Truman State University will welcome alumnus Nate Rueckert to campus today to offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, display his unique brand of art and share his inspiring story.

During his time at Truman, Rueckert started a hobby that would go on to become a profitable side business for him to this day. He uses baseballs to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art, which he sells to clients on commission and through his website,

A student during 9/11, Rueckert was inspired the following month, when he saw the president throw out the first pitch during the World Series. He says it was a moment that transcended sports, and the idea to make an American flag out of old, tattered baseballs popped into his head.

Rueckert has been making original works of art using baseballs as his medium ever since. In 2017, a five-foot wide map of the United States he crafted from balls was displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. That same map will be on display in Pickler Memorial Library, along with several other original pieces, during a monthlong exhibit.

Rueckert will formally open the exhibit during a presentation at 7 p.m. this evening in the library’s Presidential Reading Room.