Sports fans pay tribute to late 'Field of Dreams' star Ray Liotta

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By , Audacy Sports

Movie fans were shocked to learn of the premature death of veteran actor Ray Liotta on Thursday.

The 67-year-old star of "Goodfellas" and other hit films passed away in his sleep while shooting a movie in the Dominican Republic, according to reports.

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Of course, in addition to his role as gangster Henry Hill in "Goodfellas," Liotta was beloved by sports fans and moviegoers alike for his turn as Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1989 classic "Field of Dreams."

Despite some minor historical inaccuracies in "Field of Dreams" -- Liotta batted righty and threw lefty in the movie, when in fact Shoeless Joe did the opposite -- Liotta's haunting performance as a stoic, tough-loving Jackson was among the most memorable in the annals of sports films.

The iconic movie is a favorite of both sports fans and non-sports fans, and Liotta's knockout performance helped cement the film as an oft-quoted ode to the game and its knack for binding generations.

This rich legacy was fully realized last season in an awesome case of life imitating art, when the White Sox hosted the Yankees for an inaugural "Field of Dreams" game at a small ballpark carved out of a cornfield in Dyserville, Iowa.

For many on social media, Liotta's untimely passing was an occasion to mark his unforgettable role as Jackson.

Here's what some were saying on Twitter:

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