On June 29, 1905 At Brooklyn, the Giants tally seven runs in the first three innings off Mal Eason to coast to an 11 – 1 victory. Christy Mathewson leaves after five innings of shutout ball. Dan McGann paces the offense with a triple and homer, while Moonlight Graham, in his only game in the majors, takes over in right field as a late-inning replacement. Graham will have no at-bats but will be made famous in the movie Field of Dreams.

If not for W.P. Kinsella, it’s likely that Archibald “Moonlight” Graham would have remained a baseball footnote instead of a popular culture figure. When Kinsella explored Graham’s one-game major-league career in his 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, he tapped into the bedrock curiosity of baseball fans craving stories beyond statistics.

Read more: http://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/june-29-1905-moonlight-grahams-only-major-league-game/

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