By Stephen Sears

UNION CITY — Steve Gilbert has a different take on “Build it and they will come”: the mantra that made “Field of Dreams” his favorite baseball movie.

As president of Union City League, Gilbert has been at the helm during a furious rally that is making baseball and softball popular sports once again for hundreds of local boys and girls.

At the forefront are the construction of a new baseball field and softball field in what once was a cornfield on the banks of French Creek west of the longtime ballfields at the North end of First Avenue, and impressive upgrades to the two baseball fields and softball field that make up the main complex on property owned by the Union City American Legion.

“We built it. We’re rebuilding it. And they’re still coming,” Gilbert said.

But Gilbert knows the revival of the Little League program would just be a dream if not for the Union City Community Foundation. The foundation has awarded Little League more than $100,000 worth of grants over the past few years to build the new fields, construct new fencing around the fields, carve out a gravel road along the banks of French Creek to connect the old and new fields, and more.

See the Journal's Tuesday, September 15th edition for full story.

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