#Shortstops: Dream On
On Aug. 12, 2021, the Chicago White Sox played the New York Yankees in a game at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. Nestled near the northeast corner of Iowa along U.S. Route 20, Dyersville is a small farming community of 4,477 residents, as of 2020. It is also the site of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice saying: “If you build it, he will come.” He takes this as a command and builds a baseball field in the middle of his cornfield.
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Today, adjacent to the field used in the movie, you will find a stadium built by Major League Baseball that can seat roughly 8,000 people. Costner led off the night’s festivities by emerging from the cornfield followed by the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
Nicholas DiGrispino is a 2022 library research intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development