DES MOINES, Iowa — W.P. (Bill) Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe, which was adapted for the movie Field of Dreams, died Friday at age 81, according to a press release from his literary agency.
Kinsella was a Canadian-born author who started writing Shoeless Joe while enrolled at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City, which would become the setting for the 1982 novel.
It was Kinsella’s passion for baseball that influenced the plot of the beloved tale, in which the ghost of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the Chicago White Sox outfielder who was banned from baseball for his part in the 1919 World Series betting scandal, tells a farmer to build a baseball field.
Born in Alberta Canada, W.P. Kinsella was a novelist and a short story writer. He is known for his novel Shoeless Joe which he published in 1982, and was then adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in 1989. His work was often about the game of baseball. His novel earned him 1983 Books in Canada First Novel Award. Many will watch the movie, without knowing the impact “Bill” had.
Field of Dreams is a top 3 baseball movie of all time. It was my dads favorite baseball movie so I can’t tell you how many times I have watched it. Whenever it is on MLB Network or TBS, I watch. This breaking news would probably go unknown if I didn’t break it. You are all very welcome!