Baseball fans, start the season with a little baseball history when sports journalist Brett Friedlander, and co-author of the book Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham, gives a free presentation at the Museum of the Cape Fear on April 17, at 2 p.m. Mr. Friedlander will autograph copies of his book following the presentation. Books can be purchased at the museum the day of the program.
Fans of the movie, Field of Dreams, will remember the scene when a young batter antagonized an older pitcher with a “wink.” That batter was Fayetteville native Archibald Graham who came to be known as “Moonlight” or “Doc” Graham. Graham spent most of his baseball career in the minor leagues, and eventually became a doctor and spent the remainder of his life in Chisholm, Minnesota.
“In addition to Fayetteville being the place where Babe Ruth hit his ‘first’ homerun as a paid professional, the story of ‘Doc’ Graham is another bit of baseball history we can claim,” says Leisa Greathouse, curator of education.
Archie Graham was also the big brother of Frank Porter Graham, former president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one-time US senator.