One up on “Moonlight” Graham
SEPTEMBER 4, 1933
– On this date in 1933, Merritt Lovett came to bat for the Chicago White Sox in a game against the Tigers in
Detroit. He did not reach base. It would be Merritt “Mem” Lovett’s only major league at bat. The Tigers won that game 8 to nothing. At least Lovett was one up on Archibald “Moonlight” Graham. Graham was the character Burt Lancaster played in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. He played one inning for the New York Giants on the last day of the 1904 season, but never came to bat. Rather than be sent down to the minors again, Graham quit the game and went to medical school. He spent the rest of his life delivering babies and generally attending to the medical needs of the residents of
Minnesota. In Field of Dreams, he’s granted one fictitious at bat against major leaguers.
Most of Field of Dreams was fiction, based on the book Shoeless Joe by Ray Kinsella, but Moonlight Graham was a real life person. So was Merritt Lovett. And he followed a similar path, deciding to do something to help others. Lovett, a native of
Illinois native and
Chicago graduate soon quit professional baseball and turned his attention to youngsters in his hometown. He spent a number of years running the
Oak Park recreation department.
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, Mike Downey