There’s “The Music Man” and “The Bridges of Madison County,” but of all Iowa-based movies, “Field of Dreams” is tops for many of us, and today (Wednesday) marks the 100th anniversary of an incredibly insignificant event in Major League Baseball history. On June 29th of 1905, the New York Giants were playing the Brooklyn Superbas, a team that later became the Dodgers. The Giants were winning 11-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning when career minor leaguer Archibald “Moonlight” Graham entered the game to play right field. He never came to bat, there’s no proof he ever had a ball hit his way and it was his only appearance in the big leagues. But virtually every die hard baseball fan knows his story. “Moonlight” Graham’s tale was told by W.P. Kinsella in the book “Shoeless Joe” and the ensuing movie, “Field of Dreams.” Following his only Major League game, Graham played three more seasons in the minors then became a doctor in Chisholm, Minnesota. He served as a doctor for the Chisholm schools where he studied child blood pressure and was known for his kindness and devotion to his wife.
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