Crash landing: Costner to own baseball team here
ZION | Baseball-film star takes stake in minor league club

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February 3, 2009
BY ANDREW HERRMANN Staff Reporter/aherrmann@suntimes.com

Playing veteran minor league catcher Crash Davis in the film “Bull Durham,” Kevin Costner says he believes in the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, good scotch and that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Add baseball in north suburban Zion to Costner’s list.

The actor announced Tuesday that he is a partner in a new minor league team scheduled to begin play in Lake County in 2010.

Costner, who has made three baseball-themed movies, referred to his “Bull Durham” character, saying the Zion team is a way to “be associated with baseball in a way other than just being a washed-up catcher.”

The yet to be named team is part of the Northern League, a collection of six squads — three of them in the Chicago area — that hold no affiliation with the major leagues. Rosters are filled with players who were not signed by major league teams.

Costner said that as a child, “I did live and die for [baseball].”

“But that’s long since gone. I just enjoy how the game is played,’’ he said on WGN-TV. “You break through this wall — you buy a ticket and sit down and watch a game. There’s something very, very American about it.’’
Good for him. It beats meddling in politics or foreign affairs which what a lot of semi-retired Hollywood types do.

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