” Well, you know I… I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn’t. That’s what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases — stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That’s my wish, Ray Kinsella. That’s my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true? ”
Burt Lancaster as Doc Graham
From the movie Field of Dreams
Interesting tie to the movie Field of Dreams or just a coincidence? It turns out Doc Graham had a chance to stare down a big league pitcher. In fact it was the pitcher from the movie, Field of Dreams, Eddie Cicotte, also known as Knuckles.
” Hey Knuckles, what’d you throw at the kid for?”
“He winked at me” Eddie “Knuckles” Cicotte
On April 26, 1908 the Scranton Miners took on the Boston Red Sox in an exhibiton game. The paper referred to them as the Boston Beaneaters and the Boston Americans. They were managed by Deacon McGuire. ( Scranton Republican April 27, 1908 p.7) On the mound for Boston was Eddie Cicotte. ( Eddie would later become infamous as a member of the Black Sox, he was one of the men banned from baseball for cheating .) In 1919, Eddie Cicotte won 29 games for the White Sox. The White Sox won the American League in 1919. Eddie won 209 games in his career and had a 2.38 ERA.
Doc Graham had one hit in 3 tries, he also had a sacrifice. Scranton won the game, 2-0. A good day for ” Doc” Graham. He was referred to as Doc Graham in the Scranton Republican never as Moonlight.
Also in 1908, the Scranton team took on the Cincinatti Reds in an exhibition. On June 7, 1908 the Scranton Miners took on the Cincinatti Reds. The pitcher for the Reds was Charlie Rhoades. Charlie pitched in only one game for the Reds in 1908. Charlie had a career record of 7 wins 11 loses. The Reds won the game 14-6. Doc Graham was 2 for 3. He also had an error in the field. The game was played at the Minooka park. Minooka was the Sunday home to the Scranton team in 1908.
In 1908, against big league pitchers Doc Graham was 3 for 6.