The current owners of the cornfields in Dyersville, Iowa, where the baseball film Field of Dreams took place, announced Sunday that they are selling the property, according to ESPN.com. Don and Becky Lansing have not disclosed the amount of the purchase, but they said that the fields are now property of Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will turn the land into a baseball and softball complex and keep the site’s tradition of baseball alive. The property first went on the market in May 2010 for $5.4 million. Since the release of Field of Dreams in 1989, the fields in Dyersville have been a tourist hotspot. Mike and Denise Stillman, owners of Go the Distance Baseball LLC, understand the importance the property has to the spirit of baseball. NESN
I’m not trying to be sexist, but putting softball complexes on the Field of Dreams property seems a little backwards. Legends walked out of those corn fields. Baseball legends. If softball legends (if there is such a thing) stepped through the corn fields onto the diamond and a movie was generated out of it, then of course I would be all for it. But it didn’t happen. So putting softball fields on this property is disrupting fake history. And that fake movie history must be preserved.