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.
at St. Helena Heritage Park
Canal Fulton, Ohio
Sunday, May 19, 2013
at 1:00 pm
vs. Canal Fulton Mules
at 2:30 pm
vs. Hoover Sweepers
Frogs Score Five In Seventh, Hop Over Risers
Toledo, OH- The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio, opened their 2013 season on May 5th with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Early Riser BBC of Detroit, Michigan, by a final score of nine to six at Wildwood Metropark. True to their nickname, the Early Risers jumped out to an early lead over the Frogs by scoring three runs in the first frame, and adding runs in the fourth and sixth. The Frogs struggled from the line in the early innings, and trailed the club from Detroit for most of the match. In the seventh, the Frogs bats finally came alive and seven consecutive Frogs reached base successfully as the club scored five runs to leapfrog their worthy adversaries.
The Frogs were led by Cyrus "Cyclone" Sarosh and Tyler "Junior" James, each of whom scored two runs in the contest.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, May 11, 2013
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