Take me out to the cornfield: See the Field of Dreams back in action

Jake Lamb of the Chicago White Sox walks through a cornfield before the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Jake Lamb walks through a cornfield before a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa.
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The Yankees and White Sox played in the middle of a cornfield at the movie site, the first Major League Baseball game held in Iowa.

More than three decades after “Field of Dreams” seeped into the country’s cultural consciousness, with a one-year delay caused by the pandemic, one of the most famous cornfields in Hollywood history finally gets the opportunity to host real major league ball.

“Is this heaven?” the ghost of John Kinsella asked in the movie that inspired Thursday’s game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees next to the actual site used in the 1989 film, which is maintained as a tourist attraction.

“No, it’s Iowa,” dutiful farmer Ray Kinsella — played by Kevin Costner — responded to his father with a smile before they played catch under the lights in the movie’s most poignant scene.

This week, the ball playing wasn’t fiction.

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A general view of the Field of Dreams diamond during the first inning between the White Sox and Yankees.
A general view of the Field of Dreams during the first inning between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa.
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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson and other long-ago players who took the field in the movie were replaced by José Abreu and Aaron Judge.

The proud and quintessential Midwestern state, usually only in the spotlight every four years during presidential campaigns, hosted a Major League Baseball game for the first time when the White Sox and Yankees played at a temporary venue built for about 8,000 fans in tiny Dyersville — population “about 4,400, we’re hoping for in the next census,” Mayor Jim Heavens said.

Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning into the cornfield to end the Field of Dreams game in cinematic fashion, as the White Sox outslugged the Yankees 9-8.

“The fans came to see a show, and we gave them a show,” Anderson said.

Actor Kevin Costner, from the 1989 drama "Field of Dreams," speaks to the crowd prior to the game.
Actor Kevin Costner, from the 1989 drama “Field of Dreams,” speaks to the crowd prior to the game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.
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White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn warms up in the outfield.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn warms up in the outfield before the game against the New York Yankees.
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Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta reacts to a strikeout.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Wandy Peralta reacts to a strikeout against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning.
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A White Sox bullpen pitcher watches from the outfield corn during the game against the Yankees.
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Fans cheer during the game between the Yankees and White Sox in Dyersville, Iowa.
Fans cheer during the game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox in Dyersville, Iowa.
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Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox anticipates a pitch against the Yankees.
Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox anticipates a pitch during the third inning against the Yankees.
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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson celebrates his walk-off home run against the Yankees in the ninth inning.
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The old-timey scoreboard is shown in the outfield.
The old-timey scoreboard is shown in the outfield during the game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.
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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge sports Field of Dreams cleats before the game.
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Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner jumps to catch a fly ball.
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Text by The Associated Press.

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