Kevin Costner Explains Why He Didn’t Keep Baseball from Iconic ‘Field of Dreams’ Scene

by Keeli Parkey

Kevin Costner has been in some classic movies. He has starred in “Dances With Wolves,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Bull Durham,” just to name a few. But, maybe one of the actor’s most beloved films is “Field of Dreams.”

“Field of Dreams” was released in 1989. It is an ode to baseball and what makes the game so significant to so many Americans. In the film, Costner plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who, after hearing a voice in his cornfield, decides to build a baseball diamond on his property. “If you build it, he will come,” is what Ray hears.

Overall, the film is about repairing broken relationships. For the characters in “Field of Dreams” that healing takes place in the context of their shared love of baseball. The movie ends with a father-son game of catch that will bring a tear to your eye. Without a doubt, the scene will also make you want to grab that old glove and a ball out of the garage to go play catch with a loved one.

On Twitter on Tuesday (Jan. 26), Kevin Costner answered questions submitted to him by fans. One of the questions he answered was about “Field of Dreams.” A fan asked if the actor kept the baseball he used while playing catch in that moving final scene.

“I have collected a lot of things over the years of being in the movies,” Costner said on Twitter. “I don’t think I collected that ball and now I’m kind of ashamed to say that.”

Kevin Costner Talks About Filming Famous ‘Field of Dreams’ Scene

Costner then goes on to talk about shooting that moving scene in “Field of Dreams.”

“It wasn’t a special effects shot,” Costner also said. “All those cars – as the camera pulls back and you see all those lights, normally, we would do that now electronically, those cars never would never been there.”

The actor said the production asked locals to help out with that scene. Using so many vehicles, coupled with the complicated shot, made for a stressful evening, according to Costner.

“We actually put a radio announcement out that if you wanted to be in the movie you could be in it by being one of those 1,500, 2,000 cars,” Costner said. “I’ve often thought about those people. I’m told a lot of babies were conceived out there because people had to wait, you know, for five or six hours understanding that movies went really slow. And, at the final moment, they somehow communicated with all these 1,500 cars …”

Costner said the cars were finally given the go-ahead to drive and the shot was filmed. Somewhat surprisingly, the filmmakers got what they wanted in one take, according to the actor. Also, knowing that such a complicated shot was being filmed, Costner said he knew he couldn’t drop the ball.

Costner Was Worried About Shooting Final Scene

“I played a lot of baseball,” he added, “and I was worried that maybe at some point we were going to miss the ball, playing catch back and forth. … I wanted that to be a perfect shot.”

Kevin Costner said it was this stress that undoubtedly distracted him from keeping the ball used in the scene.

“I was so relieved when they said, ‘cut,’ that I just kind of set the glove down and set the ball down,” the actor recalled. “I never thought about actually keeping it.”

Does he regret not keeping the ball? Undoubtedly, he does.

“I feel like that’s one that got away from me,” Kevin Costner said. “… I’m sorry I didn’t keep it now.”

You can watch Kevin Costner talk about “Field of Dreams” below.