September 17, 2016

GOING ALL THE WAY:

Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who wrote book that became hit 1989 movie 'Field of Dreams,' dies at 81 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, September 17, 2016)

In the 1982 novel "Shoeless Joe," a farmer hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields. When he does, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other baseball players of yesteryear come to play. It became the blueprint for the 1989 Oscar-nominated movie, which starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta.

Key turns of phrases in Kinsella's book -- "If you build it, they will come" and "Go the distance" -- have taken their place in literature's lexicon and among Hollywood's most memorable movie lines. [...]


Kinsella brought back to life Moonlight Graham, who played one major league baseball game but never got to bat. The author noticed Graham's name while thumbing through the Baseball Encyclopedia he had received as a Christmas gift from his father-in-law.

"I found this entry for Moonlight Graham. How could anyone come up with that nickname? He played one game but did not get to bat. I was intrigued, and I made a note that I intended to write something about him," Kinsella told The Associated Press in 2005 on the 100th anniversary of the only game Graham played in the majors.

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