Field of Dreams MLB Game Will Remind Me Of Baseball Great Tom Loftus

On Thursday, August 11th, baseball fans will watch as the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds in the second installment of the Field of Dreams event at 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX. It will be played in Dyersville Iowa, located in Dubuque County. My great grandfather Tom Loftus was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, and was buried there.

John Pregler is a baseball historian who has written about my great grandfather Tom Loftus. Tom was a Major League Baseball player, manager, co-owner with Albert Spalding of the Chicago Cubs (Orphans), and one of three men who founded the American League (with life long friend Charles Comiskey, and Ban Johnson).

Pregler sent me a message recently, saying: "I'll be thinking of Tom Loftus this Thursday (8/11). One of seven men to manage both the Reds and the Cubs, and the only man to manage in 4 different major leagues. And he is buried 24 miles from the Field of Dreams. Both teams will drive by his cemetery and would be able to see his grave, if they knew he was there, rooting them both on. I've tried in vain to get MLB and FOX Sports to recognize this fact, but crickets."

I responded, "A movie script should be written about this."

Pregler: "I have his story in a local baseball museum now. Working on making FOX aware. Someday the baseball world will hear if not know the name of Tom Loftus. You mention a movie script. When I first wrote the article on your great grandpa, someone told me this needs to be a movie. I am working with Dwier Brown (the dad from Field of Dreams movie) and we have Loftus in his Dwier Brown's Hall of Dreams museum in Dyersville, Iowa. I told him I want to talk to him about writing a script about the founding of the AL and the role of Comiskey and Loftus. I'll let you know if it takes off. We have eight years to campaign for him to be in the Hall of Fame. He is next eligible in 2030 and I believe should be in.

Loftus major-league managed teams include:

¨ 1884 – Milwaukee Grays – Union Association

¨ 1888 – Cleveland Blues – American Association

¨ 1889 – Cleveland Spiders – National League

¨ 1890 – Cincinnati Reds – National League

¨ 1891 – Cincinnati Reds – National League

¨ 1900 – Chicago Orphans (Cubs) – National League

¨ 1901 – Chicago Orphans (Cubs) – National League

¨ 1902 – Washington Senators – American League

¨ 1903 – Washington Senators – American League"