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, August 24th, 2014
2:00 pm at Johnson's Island
vs. Confederate Prisoners
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Ohio Cup Festival
at the Ohio Village
Frogs Squashed by Squires, Hop Over RailroadersArchbold, Ohio-- The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, played a pair of matches in the horse pasture of historic Sauder Village. The Frogs's fielders could not handle the base ball in the first match, and the Spiegel Grove Squires of Fremont, Ohio, took advantage of every miscue to roll over the defending Sauder Cup champions. The Frogs settled down a bit in the second match, but still found themselves behind early as the Elkhart County Railroaders struck the ball often and well. Late inning heroics by the Frogs' strikers made the difference in this match, as the Frogs pushed two talleys across the plate in the bottom of the final frame to top the Railroaders.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, August 25, 2014
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
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