FOX 9 Town Ball Tour hits Delano as the Athletics host the Loretto Larks

The FOX 9 Town Ball Tour was in Delano, Minnesota, which boasts one of the oldest and most beautiful town ball stadiums in the state.

Delano Municipal Ballpark was built in 1896. While some stadiums don’t have lights, Delano’s ballpark had them installed all the way back in 1948. More improvements have been made to the stadium over the years. In the 1980s, the iconic ivy was planted on the outfield fence and in 1995 a new grandstand was built that can seat 750 people.

Delano has hosted three Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournaments in 1975, 1984 and 1997. Delano Municipal Ballpark is home to the Athletics, a storied team in Minnesota town ball lore. 

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The city of Delano is also the hometown of former Gophers Football player and Viking Nate Triplett, who credits the city with helping him fight his toughest battle yet. 

Delano is also famous for its huge 4th of July celebration, which is one of the largest in the state. The city's water tower even features fireworks on it. 

One family in particular, the Ditty family, has been integral in raising funds for baseball in the city of Delano. One of the members of that family, Toby Hanson, was recently named Northstar League MVP. 

Delano Mayor Dale Graunke stopped by the FOX 9 News at 6 p.m. to talk about his city and what makes it special. 

FOX 9's Jim Rich spoke to Delano Athletics Manager Steve Eilen in the moments before first pitch to talk about what it's like to build a roster and keep his team playing at a high level. 

FOX 9 morning reporter Shayne Wells spent Wednesday morning checking out all that Delano has to offer, from the Bridge House Coffee & Café to Edie Mae's Eatery to The Peppermint Twist drive-in.