The crack of a baseball bat is a familiar and exciting sound on spring nights in Savannah, home of the Sand Gnats. This year, that sound may be bittersweet as the Sand Gnats begin what’s most likely their last year at Grayson Stadium- the nation's oldest operating minor league ballpark and a true centerpiece of Savannah sports. Willie Smith, a diehard Sand Gnats fan known by Savannahians as “Mr. Willie” has watched the Sand Gnats for nearly 80 years.
Savannah's minor league baseball team wants the city to build a new stadium. Backers says it's about more than a stadium and more than baseball. But will the field of dreams remain just that -- a dream -- for the Sand Gnats?