"Daddy, what a southpaw?"
Those words start a classic scene in the classic baseball movie "Field of Dreams," which debuted in theaters 30 years ago this weekend (April 21
The scene begins with a little girl watching Ricky Horton's pitch on TV for the White Sox… and ends with the girl's dad pitching to the ghost of the White Sox legend “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
“Cos – well, Kevin Costner to you guys – he was in the movie with me, ”Horton said Friday with a chuckle. "My three seconds of fame."
Horton is a current Cardinals broadcaster and forms cards, but he's a trivia answer for his stint with the White Sox, thanks to a quick glimpse of a 1988 outing in "Field of Dreams . ”
As the story goes, Costner's Ray Kinsella hears a voice and convinces himself when he builds a ballpark in his Iowa cornfield, the infamously banned Jackson will" return "and play on the field. Ray builds it, but Joe doesn Horton on the table, while their daughter, Karin, is watching a ballgame, while his daughter, Karin, is watching a ballgame. field, chatting with his catcher, Carlton Fish
Broadcaster on TV: So, for the veteran southpaw, his summer of furious continues. That's four straight hits in the inning.
Karin: Daddy, what a southpaw?
Ray: It means a le ft-handed pitcher, honey. … (To his wife, Annie) So how bad is it?
Annie: Well, much less acreage we have for corn, I say we'll probably almost break even. We used all of our savings on that field, Ray.
Ray: Just a minute, Karin. … (To Annie) So what are you saying?
Annie: Makes it real hard to keep the farm
Karin: There's a man out there on your lawn. ] Chills. Ray goes out to the field and meets Joe Jackson. It's a goosebumps-popping scene.
Ray: Yeah, not bad.
Joe: Not if you get it near the plate…
Joe Jackson asks Ray the famous question: "Is this heaven?" It's Iowa. ”Joe says he'll be back with other ballplayers and disappears into the corn.
“ We're keeping this field, ”Ray says to Annie. "You are your butt," his wife replies.
Thirty years ago, Horton was on the 1989 Dodgers. He'd been dealt from the White Sox to Los Angeles late in the 1988 season.
"The day the movie came out, several players went to see it," Horton said. “They came into the clubhouse, and the first guy was Rick Dempsey. He said, "Hey Rick, you're in Field of Dreams."
And I'm like – OK, Rick Dempsey has been around for a long time, he's a bit of a prankster. It's like, "OK, what is he setting me up for?"
“And then John Shelby came in, and he was one of my close friends on the team. We were chapel guys together, bible study. He said, "You're in the movie!" And John Shelby has never been in his life!
“Then my sister called me. She said that she'd seen it, and she was actually in the movie theater and yelled: 'That's my brother!' ”
The movie became an iconic sports film. It was nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards. Best adapted screenplay, too. And in 2017, the film was chosen by the Library of Congress for Preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
"There are some great things about that movie," said Horton, who is now 59. about father and son connections through baseball, which I think baseball is unique in. Not that other sports aren't great, but there's something about baseball – it's a go-down sport. So I love the story. ”
Horton does a lot of public speaking in St. Louis. Sometimes he brings up his acting career.
"I'll ask everybody who's the star of the movie," he said, "and get Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta. And I say – "Well, now … it was me!" It's been fun, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it. ' traded to the Dodgers. Yep, the 1988 Dodgers, who won the World Series. Horton also had on two World Series release Cardinals teams in 1987 and the club from 1985, which beat the Dodgers in the 1985 National League Championship Series to the World Series.
"Homer to Kirk Gibson's" I don't believe what I just saw "homer, Horton had witnessed his share of magical baseball, just before" Field of Dreams "came out.