An MLB Hall of Famer has purchased a controlling interest in the Field of Dreams Move Site and the All-Star Ballpark Heaven, according to a press release.
Frank Thomas, a former White Sox, has made a significant investment in the iconic Dyersville attraction, and while the terms of sale are not public, the transaction involved the purchase of all the interests in Go the Distance Baseball owned by the Denise M. Stillman Trust by This is Heaven, LLC, a venture between Thomas and Rick Heidner, a Chicago area real estate developer and entrepreneur.
Thomas and Heidner are longtime friends, the release states, and Heidner, an avid baseball fan, was an initial investor in Go the Distance Baseball and retains his original minority investment.
“Mr. Thomas will serve as chief executive officer and Dan Evans will serve as chief operating officer,” the press release states. “Mr. Evans, a former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has previously served as a consultant to Go the Distance Baseball. The principals and invited guests planned to hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. CDT today at the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, with remote access available via social media.”
“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.
Tom Mietzel, the trustee of the trust bearing his late wife’s name, said: “The time is right to move forward, to put in place a team with the resources to make things happen and a team with the baseball and business experience to do it right. The family is confident that we found a buyer that will honor Denise’s legacy and vision for the Field of Dreams.”