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.
Saturday, July 25th, 2014
at Sauder Village
vs. Spiegel Grove Squires
vs. Elkhart County Railroaders
Frogs Top Grangers At Home In Extra InningToledo, Ohio-- The Rochester Grangers of Rochester Hills, Michigan, visited the city of Toledo for a match against the Sylvania's Great Black Swamp Frogs at the Lutheran Home of Toledo. The match had had already featured several lead changes before a truly exciting ending. The visiting Grangers scored a run in the 7th to tie the ball game at 11, and scored single runs in both the 8th and 9th frames to temporarily take the lead. The Frogs also scored single runs in their half of the 8th and 9th innings to tie the ball game each time.
With the score tied at 12 each after the regulation nine innings, the captains elected to play another inning to determine a winner. The Frogs held the Grangers scoreless in the top of the 10th inning, and then went on to score three aces in the bottom of the frame to emerge victorious. The final score saw 15 runs tallyed for the Frogs and 12 for the Grangers. Huzzah!
Several strikers on the Frogs' club had fine days at the line, but the best striker for the day was Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh. "Cyclone" was never put out by the Grangers fielders, reaching base safely in all five trips to the line and scoring four times on the afternoon.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 13, 2014
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
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