ByMatthew Bailey, writer at
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Matthew Bailey

That's what I always said to myself while I watched my favorite family drama from 1989. If you don't know the film yet, let me set the scene for you.

Dubuque County, Iowa: a middle-aged farmer (Kevin Costner) is strolling through his corn fields when he hears a whispered voice saying, "If you build it, he will come..." The farmer brushes it off, but continues hearing the voice and eventually sees a vision of a baseball diamond, a "Field of Dreams".

He convinces his wife to let him plow under his fields and build a baseball diamond. Telling his wife of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and his broken relationship with his father. They wait, nothing happens until one night the farmers wife sees a uniformed player walking out onto the field. The farmer goes to discover that it's none other than Shoeless Joe Jackson (portrayed by Ray Liota).

Shoeless Joe is ecstatic to play baseball again and asks if he can bring some friends. All the players he returns with were all banned because of the 1919 scandal. So there we have a collection of some of the, arguably, best baseball players putting together a pick-up baseball game in a make-shift baseball diamond in the middle of Iowa. As time progressed enough players arrived to field 2 full teams.


When I first saw this movie, I would have been 8 or 9, once it was released on VHS. It was probably 1993, and I was a huge baseball fan. I had cards, I knew the players stats and what teams they played at in the minors, and I could tell you everything you wanted to know... and probably everything you didn't want to know.. yet I was going to tell you regardless.

So obviously a baseball movie was high on my list of awesomeness. I got to "see" shortstop Swede Risberg, pitcher Ed "Knuckles" Cicotte, 3B George "Buck" Weaver, 1B Charles "Chick" Gandil & of course "Shoeless" Joe Jackson all playing on screen, and I wanted nothing more than to be there and watch them play in the hopes that I might have gotten to try to hit their pitch or catch their fly ball.

That would have been my reaction had I been able to be there on that field with all those players.

I'm nominating the Field of Dreams as one of my dream destinations.


Would you visit the Field of Dreams?


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