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.
The technical issues that prevented us from updating the website for several monthes have been addressed.  We will now resume our normal, irregular updates.
Next Matches:

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 Railroaders

   Archbold, 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!
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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Be sure to visit the sponsors of the Frogs' 2014 season!
(listed on the Links page)

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