DYERSVILLE, IOWA – AUGUST 12: Members of the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees take the field prior to a game at the Field of Dreams on August 12, 2021 in Dyersville, Iowa. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
As we have seen over the last year or so, Field of Dreams starring Ray Liotta and Kevin Costner is still a prominent movie for Chicago White Sox fans. The game on sight last summer between the White Sox and New York Yankees will forever be remembered as one of the greatest regular-season games ever.
In the movie, the character of Shoeless Joe Jackson was incredibly important. It was amazing to see that beautiful early 1900s White Sox jersey on a field under the lights in the middle of a cornfield. Everyone will remember it forever.
Of course, Liotta was the man who portrayed Shoeless Joe in that legendary role. On Thursday, it came out that Liotta has passed away at the age of 67 years old. There are a lot of people who will remember him for a variety of reasons but White Sox fans will remember Field of Dreams forever.
Clearly, this movie means a lot. They decided to build a Major League-sized field at the sight so that two of the oldest teams in the American League can play there on national television. It is truly a cultural phenomenon and Liotta was a big part of it.
In addition to Field of Dreams, Liotta had an incredible 35-year acting career that included some other legendary movies including Goodfellas which is known as one of the greatest movies of all time. It was a pleasure to see him act for all these years and it is tough to hear this news.
There are families across the United States of America that hold Field of Dreams in their hearts forever. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s magical ability to come back from the dead and allow Ray to play catch with his father John again was one of the truly great moments in cinema history.
Without this legendary performance from Ray Liotta portraying Joe Jackson, that moment would not have been as magic. It is clear that he was truly a gifted character actor and he will be missed for a long time. Thank you for the memories, Ray. Rest In Peace.
No Ray, it was you.