The Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club
of Sylvania, Ohio

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   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.

Next Match:

Sunday, May 3, 2015
2 pm at Wildwood Metropark
Toledo, Ohio
vs. Wyandotte Ghostriders

Frogs Look Forward to 25th Season

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Frogs celebrate 25 years of playing vintage base ball this year.  The club began humbly, playing (and losing) a single match against the Ohio Village Muffins in 1991 at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus.    In their first 24 seasons, the Frogs have played at least 465 matches, winning 283 of them.  Over the years, the club has played vintage matches in New York State, in California, and in many places in between.  The Frogs were also one of the founding member clubs of the Vintage Base Ball Association and have fielded a team at every Ohio Cup Festival in Columbus.
   The Frogs open the 2015 season with a match against the Wyandotte Ghostriders at Wildwood Metropark on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, March 10, 2015

Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
Vintage Base Ball Association  For more information about vintage base ball, visit the VBBA site
Sylvania Historic Village Visit the Sylvania Historic Village
If you would like to schedule a match with the Frogs , or if you are interested in becoming part of the Frogs' team, as a player, scorekeeper, or umpire, contact Rick "Sparky" Fuchs (419-843-1725) or  Brad "Doc" James (419-885-1893). Follow the
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(listed on the Links page)

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