PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Sgt. Patrick Manning has been with the Penn Hills Police Department for 26 years, and for the past 15 years he has driven past an old forgotten baseball field.
Bessemer Field, located in Penn Hills, was a remnant of the past. That is, until Patrick Manning had an epiphany. Manning’s son’s baseball team was in dire need of a place to play, and the run down park was the canvas for which Patrick would paint his masterpiece.
Manning was given the go ahead by municipal officials under the condition that he and a group of volunteers would do all the work. After six to eight weeks and $20,000 later, the park was completed and ready for baseball. Patrick’s son’s team now had a field to call home field.
KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and Robert Mangino, and the Penn Hills community weren’t the only people who recognized Manning’s effort, local businesses also took notice and placed donations. 84 Lumber is donating dugouts for Bessemer Field, also known as Penn Hills’ “Field of Dreams.”
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