What would an actual Major League Baseball game at the “Field of Dreams” be like without the involvement of actor Kevin Costner? Not Much.
Costner, who starred in the 1989 movie as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, took part in a reenactment of a scene from the movie. On Thursday night, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox played a real game on the field.
Take a look as Costner “joins” Yankees and White Sox players on the “Field of Dreams.”
In the movie, Costner’s character is troubled by his failed relationship with his father, a devoted baseball fan. One night, as Kinsella walks through his cornfield, he sees a vision of a baseball field and hears a voice. It says, “If you build it, he will come.” In the middle of that baseball field is the ghost of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson [Ray Liotta].
He tells his wife Annie [Amy Madigan] about what took place and she lets him make the baseball field out of their cornfield. As he’s working on the “Field of Dreams,” Ray begins telling his daughter Annie about the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
‘Field of Dreams’ Gets First Official MLB Game On Baseball Field In Iowa
It involved eight White Sox players, including Jackson, who were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The players reportedly did it for money from Arnold Rothstein, who ran a gambling syndicate.
A civil court proceeding in 1921 acquitted all eight players. But baseball team owners appointed Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis to be the game’s first commissioner. He was to make sure the game of baseball stayed clean. Despite the civil court ruling, all eight players remained banned from baseball. None of them are eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Field of Dreams” remains one of baseball fan’s favorite movies to see before, during, or after the season is over. Thursday night’s Yankees-White Sox game marked the first official MLB game played at the field in Dyersville, Iowa. The game was being televised by Fox.
Owners of Iowa Field Kept It Up After Movie Finished Filming
Now it’s a possibility that those people who owned the “Field of Dreams” could have returned it back to a cornfield.
But they didn’t, thanks to some encouragement from Costner himself. Obviously, baseball fans know Costner from his other baseball-related film, “Bull Durham.”
Yet the landowners kept the field alive and made it into a tourist attraction. Fans also keep the actor who now plays John Dutton on “Yellowstone” connected with the movie.
During a 2016 visit to Dyersville, Iowa, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in an interview with the Des Moines Register that playing a game in Iowa was a possibility.
Well, possibility met reality on Thursday night.