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, September 21st, 2014
Tiffin Heritage Festival
at Hedges-Boyer Park
10 am vs.
Spiegel Grove Squires
Whiskey Island Shamrocks
2 pm vs.
Frogs Lose Four StraightNorthville, Michigan -- After losing often and badly at the Ohio Cup Festival ove Labor Day weekend, the Frogs traveled to the Victorian Festival in Northville, Michigan, to take on the Eclipse Base Ball Club. Missing several key players, the Frogs' roster was bolstered by the additions of Peaches, Numbers, Half-Pint, and Matches. The "new look" Frogs scored earlyto stake themselves to a 6 to 1 lead over the hosting Eclipse. The Frogs then suffered a disasterous frame in the field, surrendering 9 runs to the Northville club. After losing left field, Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh, to a hand injury, the Frogs rallied to tie the game at 10 going into the final inning. The Frogs then loaded the bases in the ninth, but were unable to push the go ahead run across the plate. Northville's Tin Man led off the bottom of the frame with a towering "ground rule" double and later scored the winning run. The Frogs fell by a final score of 12 to 10, extending their streak of winless matches to four.
The Frogs hope to finish their season on a high note at the Tiffin Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 13, 2014
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
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