Actor Matthew Perry Invested In The “Field Of Dreams” Stadium Before His Death, Planned To Build Youth Baseball Fields There
The world is still reeling from the death of actor Matthew Perry. The Friends star was found unresponsive in his jacuzzi at his home in the Los Angeles area on October 28.
It will be months before the general public will know exactly what contributed to Perry’s death at the age of 54. Results from his initial toxicology report at least ruled out the presence of two major drugs in his system…fentanyl and meth.
Perry’s death occurred just one year after he released his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.
Through the book, Perry opened up about his struggles with addiction, and how that impacted his health, resulting in:
“…an exploded colon, a brief stint on life support, two weeks in a coma, nine months with a colostomy bag, more than a dozen stomach surgeries, and the realization that, by the time he was 49, he had spent more than half of his life in treatment centers or sober living facilities.”
Matthew Perry’s Connection To The “Field Of Dreams,” Explained
While Perry was primarily known for playing Chandler Bing across ten seasons of Friends, he also starred in several other movies and shows. One of those shows was the NBC sitcom Go On, which aired 22 episodes between 2012-2013.
Perry played a a sports talk radio host named Ryan King, who joins a support group following his wife’s death. The show tapped into Perry’s lifelong love of sports, especially baseball.
The baseball lifestyle brand Baseballism shared a photo of Perry on its Instagram feed after his death. In the caption, the brand revealed Perry invested in the famous “Field of Dreams” in 2012.
Field of Dreams is a 1989 film starring Kevin Costner. In the movie, a farmer (Costner) builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield that eventually attracts the ghosts of baseball legends.
After production ended, the baseball diamond used in the movie was left behind at its location in Dyersville, Iowa. The field remains open to this day, and the MLB has even played there in the past.
According to Baseballism, Perry invested in the field “with the vision of building youth fields beyond the original movie site carved out of the corn.” The brand vows to help his dream become a reality in 2025.
Perry once told The Hollywood Reporter about his vision:
“I’m looking forward to helping make this a place where young ball players from all over the country can come and make their dreams come true, too. And, if we hear voices coming from the cornfields we’ll be sure to follow any and all instructions.”
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