Cold Spring Silver Springers History
The Silver Springers are an extension of the baseball crazy town of Cold Spring. Cold Spring Baseball is a bit of a time capsule. A beautiful ballpark built in 1924, with and old school grandstand and ivy encircling the fencing all the way around. Heavy community involvement and pride in not only the performance of the various teams, but in the facilities and hospitality.
Much of the Silver Springer roster is built from former Class B Springers who are seven time state champions: 1955, 1973, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2000, and 2001. They have appeared in the state tournament 49 times, and a record 23 times in a row (through 2010).
Baseball in Cold Spring is a bit like the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. It is just part of the routine. The little town of 4,000 annually fields twelve little league teams, a Class C team, Class B team, and of course the fossils who play under the name of the Silver Springers.
They are just a bunch of competitive fellas who like to play hard and have a beer with the other team after the dust settles. They are also fortunate enough to have found some pants that fit and are happy the young guns allow them take BP with them.
The Silver Springers have the venerable Bill Huls managing the team. It took some cajoling to get Huls out of retirement, but he responded in fashion and led the team to a championship in their second year of existence. He has compiled 46 wins against 7 losses in their first two seasons. Huls is a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, has one class B championship as a player, and two as a manager. Huls' overall managing record for amateur and over 35 ball stands at an eye popping 602 wins with only 105 losses.
In the dugouts at Springer Park time just slips by as boys become men, and those men teach the next group. They learn some salty dugout talk along the way but also learn the value of being competitive and putting their best foot forward. Minnesota is dotted with towns and teams like those of Cold Spring. All having a great tradition of town ball, with teams stretching from its southern border to its northern tip. The Silver Springer baseball team would like to thank, and pay homage to the anonymous souls that live quietly, knowing that they have given more to the community and the society of baseball than they will ever receive.
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