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Happy Birthday, Moonlight Graham

Happy Birthday, Moonlight Graham

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Remember Archie "Moonlight" Graham from the movie, Field of Dreams? Well, he wasn't just a fictional character in a movie. He was an actual baseball player, and the bulk of his story as told in the movie was true. He has a baseball-reference.com page and everything. It's really great.

On that page, take note of his date of birth: Nov. 12, 1877. So Monday would mark the 135th birthday for Moonlight. He's obviously not still alive; Graham died in 1965 at the age of 87, but he lived quite the life. He only lasted one inning in Major League Baseball, playing for the New York Giants, and never got a plate appearance. But he went on to be a doctor for 44 years in Chisholm, Minn. And now he's immortalized in a classic baseball movie. He's also now the subject of a book.

Here's the clip when Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) reveals to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) that he, too, heard the mysterious voice tell them to "go the distance" for Moonlight (there's a little under-the-breath NSFW language in there, but it's barely audible):

Happy Birthday, Moonlight. May you continue to rest in peace.

Hat-tip: MLB Cut 4

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