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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Field of Dreams subject makes lone ML debut
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 29, 1905

Archie "Moonlight" Graham, who will be made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams," makes his only appearance in the major leagues. He's a late-inning defensive replacement in right-field for the New York Giants in an 11-1 victory over Brooklyn.

Graham will play minor league baseball from 1906-08 before going to medical school. Then he will settle in the small town of Chisholm, Minn., spending the remaining six decades of his life as a general physician.

Canadian author W.P. Kinsella inserts him in his novel "Shoeless Joe," which becomes the movie "Field of Dreams," with Burt Lancaster portraying Graham. The book and movie pay homage to Moonlight's love of baseball and years as Chisholm's beloved doctor. He represents some kind of sainted American ideal of self-sacrifice, the man who quietly works for all that's good.

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