“Moonlight” Graham

Those who have seen Field of Dreams or read the book on which it was based, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, will remember the character “Moonlight” Graham, played by Burt Lancaster in the film. Archibald Wright Graham (1876-1965) was an actual player, and a doctor.

Graham played in one game for the New York Giants in June 1905; in the movie it was the last game of the season in 1929. Graham played two innings in the field but never batted in the major leagues; he was on deck when his one game ended.