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SABR Day in America, 2018
Written by Steve Smith   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:02

 The Field of Dreams Chapter will have an informal SABR Day/hot stove get-together for baseball discussion and general fan fellowship.

Meeting will be at Twisted Vine Brewery in West Des Moines (3320 Westown Parkway) at 1pm on Saturday, January 27.

No set agenda, although if you have any research projects you are working on, feel free to share. We'll also take a look at the 2018 minor league baseball schedules and plan out future meetings for the upcoming season. 

Join us for beer and conversation.

Four Gravesite Pictures Added
Written by Steve Smith   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:23

Four new gravesite pictures have been added to the website.  All four are courtesy of Jim Simmelink.

Charlie Dexter was a 5'7" infielder who played in the majors from 1896-1903.  Charlie was born in Evansville IN and attended the University of the South in Sewanee TN.  His final four seasons in the minor leagues were in Des Moines and presumably he settled in Des Moines after his playing career ended.

Pat Donahue, a catcher, spent three years (1908-1910) of a 13 year playing career in the major leagues.  Pat was born in 1884 in Springfield OH and died in Springfield in 1966.  Why he was buried in Des Moines remains a mystery.

In a baseball career that began in 1896 and ended in 1906, Jesse Hoffmeister played only 48 games in the major leagues.  During his minor league career he played for a number of Iowa teams including Ottumwa, Waterloo and Oskaloosa.  He died in Des Moines in 1933 and is buried in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Adrian Lynch was born in Laurens IA in 1897.  He attended Notre Dame and pitched in 5 games with the 1920 St. Louis Browns earning a 2-0 record with a 5.24 ERA.  He died in Davenport in 1934.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:24
New Iowa Gravesite Photos Added
Written by Steve Smith   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:06

Three pictures of gravesites have been added to the list.  They include Dick Kenworthy, a native of Red Oak IA and third baseman who played 125 games for the White Sox in the 1960's.  Kenworthy is buried in Red Oak. 

Lynn King was an outfielder who played 240 games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1935 to 1939.  King was born in Villisca IA and is buried there.

The third is Gil Paulsen who pitched two innings for the 1925 Cardinals in his first year in professional baseball.  Paulsen allowed no earned runs so he has a 0.00 ERA for his brief major league career.  He continued to pitch in the minor leagues until 1932 but never returned to the major leagues (There must be a story there somewhere).  Paulsen was born in 1902 in Graettinger IA, died in 1994 at the age of 92 in Harlan IA and is buried in Marne IA.

The pictures were taken by Jim Simmelink of Adair IA.  To view the pictures go to the list under the "Iowa" heading and click on "Iowa Baseball Gravesites.



Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:10
New Iowa Baseball Website
Written by Steve Smith   
Friday, 04 July 2014 15:09

Jim Simmelink of Adair IA is interested in Iowans who have played professional baseball.  He has created a website entitled "Iowa Professional Baseball Connection."

Please take a look and provide any feedback you may have to Jim.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 15:14
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 Friday, 04 July 2014 15:16
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