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Cooperstown Comes to Dyersville for Wounded Warriors
DYERSVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Today, Iowans didnt have to leave the state to see a little of Cooperstown. Mystique Casino brought a number of Hall of Famers to the Field of Dreams for a charity softball game.
Its just baseball, even when some of the sports best players take the field at one of Hollywoods most recognizable sites.
"It's just really cool, said Jon Seaman, who came to Iowa from Madison, Wisconsin to see Frank Thomas. So it's a double-whammy. Not only seeing the great field but the players and the fun events."
13 former Major Leaguers forming a Dream Team on the Field of Dreams.
"Watching the players come out of the corn, I just had to go do that, said Wayne Harris, also from Madison.
Some say the best part of these events are that even their favorite Hall of Famers, once they step out of the corn, are just regular people.
"It's great to see these players open up, they don't have to be so serious all the time," said Chris Bolger, a fan from Rockford, Illinois.
"You get to see kind of the softer side of them which is something you usually don't get to see on the field, said Seaman.
Even for those who reenact scenes from the famous movie, its equally amazing.
"To see Johnny Bench interact with everybody, I didn't realize he was that humorous, he's a great guy, said Marv Maiers, who has been a Ghost Player since the groups start in 1990.
It was an afternoon of laughs, and a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience, all for a good cause. Proceeds from admission to the game will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Being a veteran, I really appreciate these programs these people do. They spend their time, their hard-earned money, to support our veterans, said Vietnam Veteran Ken Olberding.
"To have an opportunity to give back to them, you can't pass that up, said Maiers.