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the spring, American Legion and town team ball in the summer and then high school ball again in the fall. Now there's only North Kossuth in the summer, plus some district tournament games.

Yet when a campaign was launched to fix up the park, hundreds of current and former residents donated money and time. An overflow crowd packed the park on Memorial Day for a 50th anniversary celebration organized by Bill Dudding. Gov. Terry Branstad was among those who spoke.

"Baseball is almost a religion to the people in Bancroft," Dudding said. "Just about everybody in town, if they haven't played, they had a brother or dad who played or they helped build the ballpark or helped maintain the ballpark.

"And there are people who never played, never had anyone in their family who played, yet they come to the ballgames," he said. "They just enjoy being at the park."

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