• By Karl Oestreich

Mayo Clinic Seeks Input For Film About ‘Doc’ Graham

February 7, 2014

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Feb. 7, 2014 — Most people are at least familiar with the name "Moonlight" Graham as a character in the book Shoeless Joe and the film “Field of Dreams," but fewer people know that "Moonlight” Graham was an actual person, not a fictional character. And long-time residents of the Chisholm, Minn., area who remember Dr. Archibald Graham as their beloved hometown doctor will have an opportunity to provide photos, film and other information as part of an upcoming documentary film on this remarkable man.

Baseball card of A.W. "Moonlight" Graham, New York Giants outfielder.

Archibald, "Moonlight" Graham was an outfielder for the New York Giants before embarking on a medical career.

Mayo Clinic is producing a film about Dr. Graham and his professional association with Mayo Clinic. As a right fielder for the New York Giants, "Moonlight" Graham had one of the shortest careers in major league history. As a beloved physician in Chisholm, "Doc" Graham had a long career of exceptional dedication and service. An intriguing character in “Field of Dreams,” he is an exemplar of professionalism and ethics in support of Mayo Clinic values. He was inspired by and contributed to the work of Mayo Clinic as a solo practitioner far from Rochester. His little-known story shows that professionalism, ethics and values resonate with community practices as well as large referral centers.

Dr. Graham's career spanned World War I, the influenza epidemic, the Great Depression, World War II and the Space Age. Over the course of his career, "Doc" Graham visited Mayo Clinic more than 90 times to attend continuing education courses, observe surgery and confer with colleagues. His 15-year study of blood pressure in children was co-authored by Mayo researchers and the published work set the standard in the medical profession.

Doctor Archibald "Moonlight," Graham examines school children.

Dr. Archibald, "Moonlight," Graham examines school children in Chisholm, Minn. (Circa 1937 at Washington School, Chisholm)

Dr. Graham completed his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1905. While there, he also played on the school's 1904 and 1905 baseball teams. He obtained his medical license the following year and began practicing medicine in Chisholm, Minn. and served the people of Chisholm for 50 years. Dr. Graham died Aug. 25, 1965. He was 85 years old. He is buried in Rochester, Minn.

Background - Highlights for Doc Graham film

Mayo Clinic is looking for help with the film from Chisholm-area residents when the film's producer/director conducts a research visit later this month.

Mark Flaherty, producer/director, Mayo Clinic film on "Doc" Graham

The producer is looking for photos, film, letters and other mementos associated with “Doc” Graham. Flaherty will scan and immediately return photos and letters; films will be copied and returned.

Friday, Feb. 21

9 a.m. to noon

Chisholm Public Library
Basement Meeting Room
300 West Lake Street
Chisholm, MN 55719-1718

Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs

MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu