The ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site has been purchased by a group led by Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
Frank Thomas, a Chicago White Sox hero and Hall of Fame slugger, led a group that bought a controlling stake in Go the Distance Baseball’s ownership of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the famed Field of Dreams movie location.
The Denise M. Stillman Trust sold all of its holdings in Go the Distance Baseball to This is Heaven LLC, a partnership between the 53-year-old Thomas and Chicago real estate developer Rick Heidner, according to a statement released Thursday by the firm.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Dan Evans will serve as chief operating officer, while Thomas will serve as CEO.
“In a collaborative attitude with our neighbors and government officials, we are pleased to lead the future growth and expansion of the Field of Dreams,” Thomas stated.
Stillman led a group that purchased the field and the nearby Lansing family property in 2011, which served as the filming location for the 1989 film Field of Dreams. A working cornfield is part of the 190-acre property. Stillman passed away in 2018.
“We are grateful to Tom [Mietzel] and John and Claire Stillman for entrusting us with their mother’s legacy, and we commit to keep Denise’s dream alive and strengthen the vision she brought to this hallowed spot nearly a decade ago,” Heidner said.
The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox played the inaugural Major League game in Iowa on Aug. 12 at a facility built near to the movie set. The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will play in the cornfield ballpark on Aug. 11 next season.
In 2014, Thomas was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a five-time All-Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player. He has 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs in his career, earning him the nickname “Big Hurt.”
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