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Games Twenty Years in the Making
Written by Suzanne Wright, Ghost Player LLC   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 10:11

It was an historic day at the official Field of Dreams Movie site - under the lights at the Field of Dreams, a game between the Dyersville Hogs and the O'Fallon Flying Tigers marked the first official game to be played on the entire field in 20 years! The event celebrated "Honor Flight", an organization that sends World War II veterans to their Memorial in Washington D.C. The National Anthem was performed by Claire Stillman; the colors were presented by American Legion Post 137.


For the first time since Denise Stillman came up with the idea to purchase the Field of Dreams Movie site and transform the surrounding area into
All-Star Ballpark Heaven she was able to see the realization of her vision. Standing on the field were children, sitting in the stands were their families, all around were the positive experiences she had hoped to make happen.

Stillman will see another of her visions come true on July 7th, 2013. The Field of Dreams Ghost Players will retake the field.
The historic return of the Ghost Players to the Field of Dreams will happen this July 7th.

The Ghost Players are returning in support of the new owners and their commitment to keeping the American dream of baseball alive.

From 1991 until 1996, the Ghost Players were a barnstorming baseball team, which was the brainstorm of local farmer Keith Rahe. The Ghost Players considered the Field of Dreams their home field until 1996. During their Japan Tour, the Field of Dreams Ghost Players received notice that they were banned from preforming on the infield, right field and land around the house made famous in the classic movie Field of Dreams.

Thanks to the friendship of farm owner's Al & Rita Ameskamp, the Ghost Players were able to still perform events on the left and center portion of the Field of Dreams ball field. The Ghosts continued to travel the world teaching, entertaining and playing competitive ball. The Ghost Players became Iowa's Ambassador of Baseball. After 16 years promoting Iowa and spreading good will through baseball, Keith and the Ghost Players hung up their caps and spikes and faded back into the corn.

The team came out of retirement to play a few charity events, staff a some skills camps, and celebrate the premiere of a
documentary about their legacy.
The game on July 7th heralds a rebirth of the team which will perform their “Greatest Show on Dirt” comedy routine every other Sunday afternoon for the rest of the season, at the Field of Dreams.
Many of the original Ghost Players who actually were in the movie the Field of Dreams will be suited up to play that day. Many of the other 40+ men who have suited up in the vintage White Sox uniforms will be on hand.
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 10:31
 
Hall of Famers to Play at the Field of Dreams
Written by Suzanne Wright, Ghost Player LLC   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 10:07


This fall, Hall of Fame Ballplayers will once again play ball at the Field of Dreams. This time as part of the "Team of Dreams" event for Mystique Casino and MAB-Celebrity Services on Saturday, September 14. This landmark event will feature 13 of the greatest baseball players of all time. They will play a historical game at the Field of Dreams.

Check out the line-up - Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Frank Thomas, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, Bruce Sutter, Carlton Fisk, Ozzie Smith, Dwight Gooden, and Paul Molitor.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 11:04
 
Chapter Meeting May 19, 2013
Written by Tim Rask   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:32

The Field of Dreams Chapter had 14 members and guests gather in Suite 18 at
Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport for a chapter ballgame outing.

Steve Elsberry kicked us off with a presentation to remind us that his San
Francisco Giants have won 2 out of the last 3 World Series. Steve outlined how
often the feat of winning the Series at least two out of three years has
occurred. Turns out, it's fairly common, with 17 instances over the years. Steve
also listed the streaks of five or more years with different World
Series Champions.

The chapter also hosted a special guest. Frank Wulf, the widower of Dorothy
Wulf, whose photos provided much of the basis for Tim Rask's book "Baseball at
Davenport's John O'Donnell Stadium
" took a break from his usual seat to join us
in the suite.

In the game, the home town River Bandits lost to the Beloit Brewers, 3-2.

If the details can be worked out, we hope to make our first chapter trip to Sioux City in mid-August.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 20:10
 
New Iowa Gravesite Photo
Written by Steve Smith   
Monday, 15 October 2012 13:06

Courtesy of Rich Lowe of Bonaparte IA, the photo of the gravesite of Pitcher Roxie Lawson of Donnellson IA has been added.  To get to the gravesite pictures, click on Iowa Baseball and click on Iowa Baseball Gravesites.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2013 16:23
 
SABR 42 Convention
Written by Field of Dreams Chapter   
Friday, 29 June 2012 20:43

Here are some pictures of Field of Dreams Chapter Members who are attending the SABR 42 convention in Minneapolis.

R J Lesch, Steve Smith, Ralph Christian

Darrell Hanson, Ralph Christian

Ralph Christian, Steve Elsberry

Steve Smith, Former Colorado Rockies General Manager and University of Iowa Pitcher Bob Gebhard

Target Field

Terry Ryan, Minnesota Twins General Manager

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 21:20
 
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Chapter Contacts:
 
Tim Rask
 Umpire-in-Chief
 

Ralph Christian
First-base Umpire

Steve Elsberry
Concessionaire
(treasurer)

Scorecard-Keeper
(Webmaster)
 

If you're a SABR member, you can join the chapter at members.sabr.org; if you're not a SABR member yet, join today!