Former White Sox Frank Thomas has made another clutch hit. The baseball legendary Hall of Famer has now purchased a controlling interest in the Field of Dreams Movie Site located in Dyersville, Iowa. The transaction was announced Thursday.
The purchase from the previous owner, Go the Distance Baseball LLC and sister company, All-Star Ballpark Heaven, includes all interest. The controlling interest was bought by This is Heaven LLC, which is a partnership between Thomas and Chicago real estate developer and entrepreneur Rick Heidner.
Heidner is the owner of Gold Rush Gaming, which operates video gambling terminals. He had plans to build a race track and casino in Tinley Park two years ago, but was stopped due to a Chicago Tribune investigation which linked Heidner to a convicted bookie and banker with alleged mob ties.
Thomas will serve as CEO, and former Dodgers general manager Dan Evans will serve as COO. Thomas, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, was a five-time All-Star and a two-time American League MVP Award winner during his 19-year career, including 16 seasons with the White Sox.
“We are excited to lead the future development and expansion of the Field of Dreams in a collaborative spirit with our neighbors and government officials,” Thomas said in a press release.
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When the 1989 classic sports fantasy film, Field of Dreams was released, it rocketed the sprawling cornfield with its white farmhouse located in picturesque Iowa, to a popular tourist attraction.
The sports fantasy film, starring Kevin Costner, is about an Iowa farmer who plows over his corn and builds a baseball field for Joe Jackson and other members of the banished 1919 White Sox to play on.
The Chicago White Sox won an exciting Field of Dreams Game in Dyersville, Iowa, earlier this season. Now, a group headed by White Sox legend Frank Thomas has purchased a controlling interest in the iconic Field of Dreams Movie Site.
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will play at the field in 2022.
Go the Distance Baseball, did not reveal the price of the transaction