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06-01-2009


Reising's Chasing Moonlight Receives Promising Reviews

 


Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Robert Reising, a professor of education at University of the Cumberlands, has received acclaim for his Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham, a biography accounting the story of international icon Dr. Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham.

Reising’s Chasing Moonlight, coauthored with Mr. Brett Friedlander, received promising reviews after its release on April 1, 2009. Well on its way to becoming a hopeful best seller of 2009, the biography focuses on Archibald Graham from his time as a youth spent with his younger brother, Frank Porter Graham, through his career as a medial student in Baltimore and New York at the time of his minor league successes in Scranton, Pennyslvania. Chasing Moonlight reveals the story of Graham as his research on children’s blood pressure reaches a breakthrough, continuing to find use in institutions such as the Mayo Clinic today.

Graham had played an inning and a half for the New York Giants on June 29, 1905, the only time he took to the field as a major league baseball player. Graham earned his nickname “Moonlight” because of his off-season occupation as a medical student, who was sent back to the minor leagues after his brief time playing with the Giants.

Field of Dreams, a 1989 film, featured the life of Doc Graham, played by the late Burt Lancaster, and turned the small town country doctor from Chisholm, Minnesota into an international icon. More than a million people have since traveled to the corn-framed movie set in hopes that some of Graham’s baseball magic might be channeled into their own lives.

Robert Reising starred as a catcher on Michigan State University's 1954 Big Ten Conference championship baseball team and went on to become the head baseball coach at Duke and Furman universities and the University of South Carolina. As a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he became the world's foremost scholar on Jim Thorpe. Now a professor of English at University of the Cumberlands, Reising lives in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Chasing Moonlight was published by John F. Blair Publishers Inc.