As MLB considers future game sites, check out these ideas, including one near Pittsburgh

Egypt. Australia. Hot dog in Pennsylvania. A junior college in Chicago.

If Major League Baseball is looking for another place to play, oh man, we have some interesting ideas.

The second game of the Field of Dreams will take place Thursday night in the cornfields of eastern Iowa, not far from where the beloved 1989 movie was filmed. The Chicago Cubs are playing the Cincinnati Reds after the 2021 game — an improbable 9-8 victory by the Chicago White Sox against the New York Yankees — turned into a stunner.

But Major League Baseball wants to wait before making a decision on a third Field of Dreams date. He has been in contact with several cities about future games — including Evansville, Indiana, about Bosse Field, where parts of the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own” was filmed — and has an internal task force exploring the possibilities.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press asked several sports and entertainment figures where they would take a major league game if given the choice, and they answered sites around the world.

John Thorne, the official Major League Baseball historian, wants to return to Egypt. Not only were major leaguers playing the game near the pyramids in February 1889, but the earliest known record of a bat-and-ball game, seker-hemat, played by Egyptian pharaohs, is found on a wall relief in an Egyptian temple.

“Such a game today would be doubly important because Egypt is not only the cradle of civilization, but also the cradle of baseball,” Thorne said in an email.

Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendricks wanted to play a game in his native Australia.

“Ideally I’d like to take it to Baseball Park in Perth because that’s where I grew up playing,” Hendricks said. “Especially in Perth, we don’t get to that coast very often, so to be able to take it there would be a treat for everyone involved.”

Actor Michael Imperioli chose Rome because he said it was his favorite city in the world. But he wasn’t sure how it would be received.

“They love basketball and obviously football there,” he said. “But I don’t know if baseball translates that well. It would be a lot of fun to do it there though.”

Pretty fun, really.

Connecting with home was a constant theme.

Bonnie Hunt, an actress and lifelong Cubs fan, suggested Wilbur Wright College near where she grew up in her hometown of Chicago.

“I would do it there because I remember my dad hitting the ball for us, seven kids who were in the outfield, me and my six siblings, and we would run and get the ball.” ,” said Hunt, the show’s writer, director and creator. for the new series “Amber Brown” on Apple TV+.

“My dad used to throw the ball in the air and hit it himself. And that would be my ‘field of dreams’… to go back to my old neighborhood and be with all the kids I grew up with.”

Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona had a similar opinion, but with a twist. Francona and his father, Tito, another former major leaguer, grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

Terry Francona, 63, wants to play in his hometown — through the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe.

“Hot dogs after the game,” Francona smiled. “Before and after.”

Like Francona, Phoenix Mercury outfielder Diamond DeShields also has close family ties to baseball. DeShields’ father, Delino, spent 13 years in the majors, and her brother, Delino Jr., played in 601 games with three teams over seven seasons.

Diamond DeShields had a more unusual idea.

“I think it would be cool inside an airport hangar or on an aircraft carrier if it was big enough to have a court like a college basketball court,” she said. “I would say like on a military base. Inside the hangar would be great.”

The Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on July 3, 2016 at the temporary field at Fort Bragg, but a return to the US military post could be an attractive option for MLB.

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, came across a couple of other possibilities that may well be under consideration.

“I’m a fan of the few places the Negro Leagues called home,” Kendrick said in an email, “Rickwood Field as a tribute to Willie Mays and the Birmingham Black Barons or Paterson, (NJ) in Hinchliffe when it’s rebuilt . as a tribute to Monte Irwin, Larry Doby and teams like the (New York) Black Yankees and others who played at this historic venue.”

AP reporters Alicia Rancilio, Andrew Bray and AP basketball writer Doug Feinberg contributed to this report.

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