Members of the Springer and Davis families pose for a picture beside the new sign placed at “Springer-Davis Memorial Field.” (Photos courtesy of Beth Marchek)
Members of the Springer and Davis families pose for a picture beside the new sign placed at “Springer-Davis Memorial Field.” (Photos courtesy of Beth Marchek)

WREN – On Sunday, May 6, the Wren Ballpark held it’s opening day ceremonies marking the 66th season of youth sports in Wren.

This particular opening day was exceptionally special as a field dedication occurred honoring two legendary Wren community members. The back baseball/softball field was renamed “Springer-Davis Memorial Field” in honor of long time community members Mason Springer and Larry “Moe” Davis.

Springer and Davis were two of the founding members of the Wren Ballpark in 1954 and coached several decades while serving the Wren community in many other capacities. Springer formerly owned and operated the Wrenco Trophy Company for many years serving the needs of the entire Van Wert County area. He was also instrumental in starting the Wren Classic Basketball Tournament at Crestview High School as a ballpark fundraiser.

Anyone from the area who experienced the Wren Classic enjoyed watching high quality basketball by many former college players. Davis served the community on many levels, also. Davis was the “town barber” for many years while also serving on many service committees. Davis was instrumental in the birth of the Wren Wiffleball Tournament with his sons.

Anyone from the Wren area could always find Davis working on some project around town in his red Chevy pickup whether it be at Wrenway Park, Moser Park, the Ballpark, or his beloved shop at The Building. Members of the Springer and Davis families were present for the dedication and threw out the ceremonial first pitches to open the season for Wren.

Also of note, a moment of silence and tree dedication was observed for long time ball park volunteer and coach Mike Chesbro, who passed away this year after a courageous battle with cancer. Days like May 6 make the Wren village a special place to live.