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Field of Dreams

There’s a link in Graham Womack’s piece on The Sporting News site that will take you to a similar ranking of “the best baseball movies of all time.” I wouldn’t have raised a peep if they substituted “favorite” for “best,” but you know how I feel about superlatives; I’m not going to let this go […]

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Next to baseball and books (and, of course, baseball books), I enjoy learning about what goes on behind the scenes in movies. That;’s why I enjoy the I Was There Too podcast hosted by Matt Gourley, which features  interviews with actors who may not have been the stars of the films in which they appeared, […]

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* Josh Wilker’s forthcoming book, Benchwarmer: An Anxious Dad’s Almanac of Fatherhood and Other Failures gets a thumbs up from Kirkus. Upshot: “This almanac of fatherhood (and other failures) is honest, relatable and humorous—an indispensable read for fathers (and sons) whose joy in life comes not from winning the big game but being alive to […]

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Looking over the overlooked news in baseball books, etc. ♦ Dwier Brown is making the rounds for his new memoir If You Build It…: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams, which is doing very well on Amazon. (Here’s my Bookshelf conversation with Brown). My apologies in that the video opens on its […]

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Veteran actor Dwier Brown appeared as John Kinsella, the father of Kevin Costner’s character, Ray, in the 1989 classic Field of Dreams. He was only on screen for about five minutes at the end, but for many, those are the most powerful moments, with the ability to turn otherwise composed men and women into misty-eyed […]

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Don’t forget, this week’s Conversation features Dwier Brown, who portrayed Ray Kinsella’s “ghost-player” father, John, in Field of Dreams. Wanted to give this plenty of time to circulate for Father’s Day. His indigog campaign is no longer active — he made more than the goal — but I still think this video is worth watching. […]

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The excellent Joe Posnanski writes about Field of Dreams, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As such, the 1989 film, which was nominated for three Oscars and won several “best foreign language film” from international organizations, will no doubt he the subject of similar pieces, some which will heap praise, others derision. The next […]

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Obsessive as I am, I like to check the stats to see how this blog is doing and, being as niche as it is and considering the work I put into it, I can’t say I’m too disappointed. This ain’t The New York Times or Google, so I know it won’t draw huge numbers. I […]

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The Atlantic posted this slideshow of sports movies with improbable story lines. I know you’re supposed to suspend disbelief at the cinema but even these stretch the limit, several of which have to do with pretending to be a different gender to be allowed to play the sport in question. The baseball films include such […]

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The Atlantic included four baseball films — Moneyball, Field of Dreams, Catching Hell (the ESPN 30/30 documentary about Steve Bartman), and Cobb (!) — in this list of “10 Great Sports Films for People Who Don’t Watch Sports.” Personally, I would have suggested A League of Their Own waaaaay before Cobb, which was pretty much […]

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W. P. Kinsella was awarded the 2011 Jack Graney Award, presented by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for a “significant contribution to the game of baseball in Canada through a life’s work or for a singular outstanding achievement.” The award is named for one of the first Canadian baseball players to enjoy success in the […]

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I looked and looked but could not find any on-line video for the scene in Field of Dreams in which a young Archie Graham stands in awe and rattles of the names of some of the ghost players that Shoeless Joe Jackson has recruited to play. Doesn’t this commercial from the MLB Network remind you […]

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I’ve been meaning to do an entry on him for awhile now. I recently saw Matewan, in which Jones — who turns 80 today — plays “Few Clothes” Johnson, a coal miner involved in a strike. What caught my attention — of course — was a scene in which the miners play a game baseball […]

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Was it the “Hey, dad, you wanna have a catch?” ending of Field of Dreams… or Jimmy Morris giving his dad the ball for his Major League Debut in The Rookie? (Sorry, no video.) Or, coming from another angle, how about this from Fear Strikes Out, with its foreshadowing music, wide eyes, and guilt-inducing collapse […]

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Got a few extra mil you’re not doing anything with? Why not buy the Field of Dreams? Cheap at twice the price. Here’s another spin on the situation from Sportressofblogitude.

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Thanks to a comment by Robert Loy, I had a “Homer Simpson” moment for totally forgetting about a crucial Salinger/baseball connection. Loy wrote, “What I want to know is why the ever-litigious Salinger didn’t sue Bill Kinsella over being included in ‘Shoeless Joe.’  And if he was okay with it why did they change it […]

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From The Henry Wiggen Blog, this review of the W.P. Kinsella classic and Eric Role Greenberg’s novel.

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Fans of Monty Python will recognize John Cleese’s signature tagline. It applies here because an unlikely source from Great Britain offers a podcast review of Field of Dreams. One of my favorite (or favourite, in this case) podcasts is “Movies You Should See,” a weekly offering by a group of 30-something Brits who obviously enjoy […]

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In this corner, Kevin Costner. And in this corner, Kevin Costner. And the winnah, according to the Angels blog on the OC Register Web site, is ___.

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Kevin Costner on baseball

November 6, 2007

NPR’s Fresh Air replayed this May 2007 interview with Costner to mark the release of his latest movie, Mr. Brooks, on DVD. The interviewer is with Dave Davies. Costner discusses his love for the game (not coincidentally the title of his trilogy of baseball films; and no, The Upside of Anger, in which he plays […]

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