Playing for a Cause
DYERSVILLE, IOWA –Thousands of baseball fans of all ages spent their Saturday morning at the Field of Dreams movie site, all for a good cause.
Fans flocked to the famous movie site to cheer on their favorite baseball legends in the Team of Dreams charity softball game, put on by Island Fest of the Mystique Casino in Dubuque.
The line-up included legends like Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Ozzie Smith, and Frank Thomas. Former Major League Baseball superstars like Carlton Fisk, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Paul Molitor, Reggie Jackson, Doc Gooden, Jim Palmer, Bruce Sutter, and Ricky Henderson were also on hand for the event.
One-by-one, the players were announced in front of the fans, as they emerged from the famous cornfield outfield to play ball!
Before the game, legendary lead singer Randy Owen of Alabama country music fame sang the national anthem.
To make the day even more special, all of the ticket proceeds from the event were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The players told us they were thrilled to come back together and play at one of the most iconic baseball diamonds in the world.
“When we had this brain trust of bringing Hall of Famers back to…relive a movie…25 years ago,” said Wade Boggs, former MLB pitcher. “If you build it, they will come.”
And come they did! There were a reported four thousand fans at the game.
Former Cincinnati Reds player, and Major League Baseball all-time leader in hits, Pete Rose, told us that he is no stranger to the cornfields in Iowa.
“Believe it or not, I grew up in corn fields, outside of Cincinnati,” Rose said. “I might have to stop and shuck some before I get out there to the ball park.”
As for his former teammate with the Reds, Johnny Bench, he was just taking in the moment at the historic site.
“I’m going to walk through the corn, but it’s a drought so I’m not going to eat today. I may take a few kernels home,” Bench said.
Boggs, co-owner of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, said that he hopes to make this an annual event.
Actor, and former “Friends” actor, Matthew Perry, was supposed to be on hand to partake in the activities. However, the co-owner of All-Star Ballpark Heaven reportedly hurt his elbow a few days before the event, so he could not attend the charity game.