Back in August, the Chicago White Sox won MLB’s Field of Dreams Game in Dyersville, Iowa, in Hollywood fashion.
On Thursday, Hall of Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas was at the site of “Field of Dreams” in Dyersville to announce that he and his business partners had purchased a controlling stake in the site.
“This is a hell of a destination,” Thomas, 53, said with a smile.
This is Heaven LLC, a company of Thomas and Chicago Real Estate developer Rick Heidner, which has bought interests in Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which formerly owned the movie location and All-Star Ballpark Heaven, an organization that operates youth baseball leagues and other events .
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Thomas is expected to serve as CEO, while Dan Evans, the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager, will serve as chief operating officer.
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Dyersville hosted the “Field of Dreams” game, which was also the first regular season MLB game to be played on Iowa soil.
“field of dreams, “The 1989 Kevin Costner movie was partially filmed in Dyersville, causing the rural location to turn into a tourist attraction. In the popular movie, Costner plays Ray Kinsella, a farmer who hears a voice telling him, ‘If you build it, he’ll come.'” Kinsella then sets out to build a baseball diamond on his land.
The well-preserved film collection was just steps away from the stadium designed to hold 8,000 fans for the game in August and designed to resemble Chicago Old Komsky Park.
Go the Distance Baseball was owned by the Denise M. Stillman Trust.
In 2011, Stillman headed a group that bought the field, which served as the location for the film and the neighboring Lansing family’s farm, the Associated Press reported. The approximately 190-acre site contains a working cornfield.
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On Thursday, Thomas, standing in front of a sign that reads “If I Build It,” said he is looking forward to fulfilling “Dennis’ vision of diamonds among the cornfields.”
“In the wake of last month’s successful Field of Dreams game…the time has come,” he said. “We are confident that people will come, and people will definitely come.”
During this year’s game, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson crushed Homer in two rounds Yankees pitcher Zach Britton at the bottom of the ninth inning to give Chicago a thrilling 9-8 victory.
Anderson roared around the bases as fireworks exploded behind him, echoing a Hollywood script.
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds are scheduled to play the match in August.
Thomas was a five-time All-Star and two-time AL MVP during his 19-year career, which included 16 seasons with the White Sox.
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Nicknamed The Big Mischief, Thomas was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He finished his career with 521 home runs.