“Moonlight” Graham Day

Today is Moonlight Graham Day.


Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham was a baseball player who played one inning in the majors for the New York Giants on June 29, 1905 — but did not get to bat.

He entered the game in the top of the 9th and was in the on-deck circle when the 3rd out was made. He played right field in the bottom of the 9th, but no balls were hit there.



However, Graham became somewhat well known when his character (played by Burt Lancaster) appeared in the movie “Field of Dreams”.




The author W. P. Kinsella used Graham’s story in his 1982 book “Shoeless Joe”, which in 1989 was made into the movie “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Kostner as Ray Kasella.

The book was true to the facts. The movie made a few minor changes re the date and year of the game, but kept the gist of Graham’s story – besides the fact that the ballplayers probably didn’t walk out of a corn field in real life.

In the movie, “Moonlight” Graham crosses the base line into foul territory to save Ray Kinsella’s daughter although this means that he will never get a chance to bat in the “cornfield” game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6bD23vEigE

In real life, Dr. Graham was a well-respected physician in Chisholm, MN for 50 years.


Graham’s entry and stats from Baseball-Reference.com are shown below.


MoonlightGraham from Baseball refMoonlightGraham Stats from Baseball ref

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