Frozen In Time: Cold Spring Baseball Field [VIDEO]
COLD SPRING -- The Cold Spring Baseball Field has had many home-runs, strike-outs the occasional grand slam since the early 1920s.
Jack Bell has a long standing history with the ball park. His father was a former Springers player along with his dad before him. Bell's son played ball for the Springers in the 1980s.
He says the state of Minnesota had more amateur baseball teams than any other state in the nation.
Until the 1950s the ball park diamond was uneven and made up of mostly sand. Bell remembers road graders leveling and removing weeds on the field.
The former grandstand was made of wood. It wasn't until the 1950s that the grandstand had a few major renovations. The state board said the ball park couldn't host a state tournament without having a roof on the grandstand. The park added the roof along with a press box.
Since then the Springs have won seven state tournaments which Bell says is the most in state history.
The field experienced its share of team rivalry over the years. Bell says the rivalries were pretty intense. Over time the competition has become more friendly.
Despite making a few renovations over the years the atmosphere remains the same. Today the park is home to the Springers, Spartans and the Rockies.
See a video of the baseball field below.