MLB auctioning ‘Field of Dreams’ gear to benefit Dubuque cancer center

DUBUQUE, Iowa — If you bid on it, they will come.

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Well, not exactly. But an auction of memorabilia from the Aug. 12 game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees in the inaugural “Field of Dreams” game is certain to pique some interest among baseball fans.

Major League Baseball is auctioning items worn from the game between the two teams, which was played near the site of the 1989 iconic baseball movie, “Field of Dreams,” KCRG reported. That includes the jerseys and batting helmets used by both teams in the game in Dyersville, Iowa.

Proceeds will go toward supporting MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center, according to KGAN.

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The game was a classic befitting the original movie, which starred Kevin Costner.

The White Sox, who allowed four runs in the top of the ninth inning to fall behind, rallied to win 9-8 in the bottom half of the inning on Tim Anderson’s two-run homer, which sailed into the cornfield beyond the right-center field fence to cap a Hollywood-like finish.

The Yankees, sparked by a pair of two-out, two-run homers in the top of the ninth by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, had taken an 8-7 lead. Judge added a three-run homer earlier in the game to cap a five-RBI night, and Brett Gardner hit a solo shot for New York.

The auction began Wednesday and will run through Sept. 5, according to MLB. There are 78 items for sale, according to the auction website. Opening bids were set at $200, and many of the items have already passed that reserve.

Anderson’s retro 1920s uniform has already topped $6,000 in bidding, while Judge’s road jersey has surpassed $8,000.

Staff members at MercyOne Dubuque said that MLB staff spent time with patients on the day of the game.

“They took two hours out of that day, which they could have just spent in Dyersville in the Field of Dreams, but they took two hours out of that day to come here, recognize our patients, recognize that we stand with you, what you are going through,” Chad Kruse, regional director at MercyOne Dubuque’s Cancer Center, told KCRG.