Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham

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In Chasing Moonlight, Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising prove that truth is more interesting than fiction. The real-life Moonlight Graham didn't play just a half-inning for John McGraw's New York Giants, as depicted in Field of Dreams. Neither did he retire from baseball after his lone major league appearance. Rather, he became a fan favorite during a noteworthy professional career, all the while juggling baseball with medical residencies.

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Overview

In Chasing Moonlight, Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising prove that truth is more interesting than fiction. The real-life Moonlight Graham didn't play just a half-inning for John McGraw's New York Giants, as depicted in Field of Dreams. Neither did he retire from baseball after his lone major league appearance. Rather, he became a fan favorite during a noteworthy professional career, all the while juggling baseball with medical residencies.

Graham's life apart from baseball was just as eventful. He was a physician who sat with patients through epidemics and wrote a blood pressure study that was required reading at medical schools worldwide. But he was also a failed inventor and small-town character who built perpetual-motion machines and filled his home with tennis balls and empty oatmeal boxes.

W. P. Kinsella rescued Moonlight Graham from the scrap heap in his novel Shoeless Joe. Field of Dreams made him famous. Now, Chasing Moonlight establishes him as a man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895874153
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 376,152
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brett Friedlander has spent 27 years as a professional writer, earning numerous national, regional, and state awards. His honors include a 2007 N.C. Press Association Award in the sports feature category for two chapters from Chasing Moonlight. He is a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News and lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Robert Reising was the head baseball coach at Duke and Furman universities and the University of South Carolina. As a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he became the world’s foremost scholar on Jim Thorpe. He was recently a professor of English at the University of the Cumberlands. He is now the evening supervisor for the tutoring center at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where he resides.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Bobby Brown ix

Introduction: Chasing Moonlight 3

Chapter 1 The Beginnings: Books and Balls 11

Chapter 2 Moonlighting: The Minor League Years 28

Chapter 3 Fifteen Minutes in the Sun: The Big Game 43

Chapter 4 Majoring in the Minors: A Giant in Scranton 53

Chapter 5 Crossroads: Is There a Doctor in the House? 73

Chapter 6 Northern Exposure: "I Am Here. I am Your Doctor." 89

Chapter 7 Miss Flower: The Doctor Takes a Wife 104

Chapter 8 Chisholm's Guardian: Caring and Compassion for All 123

Chapter 9 Uncuffed: The Big Leagues of Medical Research 137

Chapter 10 Weird Science: Chewed Paper, Uncashed Checks, and the Search for Perpetual Motion 145

Chapter 11 After School: A Public Servant to the End 159

Chapter 12 Fact, Film, and Fantasy 177

Appendix 1 Career Statistics of Archibald Wright "Moonlight" Graham 196

Appendix 2 1905 New York Giants Statistics 197

Appendix 3 Standings and League Leaders from Graham's Minor League Seasons 199

Appendix 4 Field of Dreams: Film vs. Fact 205

Acknowledgments 209

Index 214

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