Book signing: Sunday, August 23
This Sunday before the Nationals take on the Milwaukee Brewers, come meet Brett Friedlander, author of Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham, as he signs books on the main concourse behind home plate.
Friedlander, like many other baseball fans, has always loved “Field of Dreams,” the famous baseball movie based off of the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.
“Whether it’s the theme of fathers reconnecting with sons, the idea that everyone deserves a second chance or the fact that it’s just a great baseball movie, there just seemed to be a connection there with me,” said Friendlander.
For him, one of the most fascinating characters was the mysterious “Moonlight” Graham, who played in exactly one Major League game for the New York Giants and never had an at bat. However this fascination turned into something more when Friedlander moved to Fayetteville, N.C., the birthplace of Dr. Archibald W. “Moonlight” Graham.
“I had always had a fondness for the character of old Doc Graham,” said Friedlander. “I was especially touched when, near the end of the movie, he gave up baseball for a second time to save the little girl who fell off the bleachers — even though he knew that by doing so, he could never go back and play again. As it turns out, the real Doc Graham was just as dedicated a public servant as he was on film. And, as I found out from nearly three years of research, his true story was even more fascinating than it was in fiction.”
Dr. Graham’s legacy extends beyond the reaches of baseball. He balanced his medical residency while playing baseball. When one career ended, the other began. Graham moved up to Chisholm, MN to practice medicine. He was a public servant and an accomplished one at that, authoring a study on children’s blood pressure that is still used in medical schools today.
“That, to me, is the inspirational message of Chasing Moonlight,” said Friedlander. “It’s especially relevant today with times as tough as they are. If Doc Graham taught us anything, it’s that if something doesn’t work out for you, instead of getting upset about it, you find another calling. And maybe that’s your true calling.”
For more information on Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham, check out the official page here. Also remember to stop by the main concourse behind home plate during Sunday’s game, from the time gates open until the fifth inning, to pick up your copy and meet author Brett Friedlander.