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article imageIowa baseball field seen in the movie 'Field of Dreams' sold

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 1, 2011 in Sports
Dyersville - The Iowa baseball field made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" has been sold to a company that promises to preserve the site's baseball history by building a complex that will include a dozen baseball fields and an indoor training facility.
The purchase of the property, which includes the 193-acre farm seen in the movie with its endless cornfields, was made by longtime fans of the iconic 1989 movie, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The baseball field became famous in the movie Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones, and depicted the ghosts of baseball legends including Shoeless Joe Jackson, playing ball on a field inspired by voice heard by the main character Ray Kinsella, that said "If you build it, he will come."
The movie was based on the book Shoeless Joe, written by W.P. Kinsella.
The property was owned by Don and Becky Lansing of Dyersville, Iowa. The Lansing's kept the field intact and virtually unchanged after filming was completed and it eventually evolved into a pop-culture tourist attraction that draws 65,000 fans per year to the legendary diamond. The farm, baseball field, and outbuildings were put on the market in 2010 for $5.4 million. It was sold to Mike and Denise Stillman of Oak Lawn, Illinois, for an undisclosed amount, reports the AP.
The Lansing family, who have owned the farm since 1906, said they were committed to finding a buyer who would preserve the legacy of the well-known property. “We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our success says a lot about our nation’s love affair with its national pastime,” Becky Lansing said in a statement. “It truly is a special place.”
Mike Stillman, a Chicago attorney, called his experience of playing catch with his son at the Iowa baseball field "incomparable with any place on earth." Stillman told the Chicago Sun-Times, “Our hopes and dreams are that we’ll be able to make this beautiful site available to boys and girls and young men and women in the Midwest and nationwide who have no place to play."
The Stillman's promise "to keep the field as a very affordable family tourist destination."
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