Preserving and celebrating our historic heritage is one of the goals of the Sylvania Community. One of the ways we honor that heritage is the recreation of vintage base ball matches by the Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club. The Frogs play Civil War Era base ball using rules codified in 1860. Players wear old time uniforms, the umpire and the scorer appear in period attire, and even some of the spectators don historic dress.
The ball club is named for the Great Black Swamp that once covered much of the northwest Ohio area and Toledo's early nickname, "Frogtown". The game that the Frogs play is fundamentally the same as baseball today; differences in rules, strategies, and equipment are portrayed and duplicated as accurately as possible. In the mid-nineteenth century, base ball was two words and an amateur game played by respectable gentlemen. The Frogs, along with their families, recreate these social and recreational events.
The Frogs are charter members of the Vintage Base Ball Association.
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
2:00 pm vs. Northville Eclipse
at Wildwood Metropark
Frogs Finally Post 2014 ScheduleToledo, Ohio -- The first draft of the 2014 schedule is now available on the Schedule page. Check back for updates on match times and opponents (and typo corrections) as we get closer to the season.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, February 11, 2014
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
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