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.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
the Ohio Cup Festival
at the Ohio Historical Center
Noon vs. St, Louis Empires
3:00 pm vs. St. Louis Maroons
5:00 pm vs. Welkin BBC
of Port Huron, Michigan
Frogs Return North with One More Notch in Win ColumnColumbus, Ohio -- The twenty-second rendition of the Ohio Cup Base Ball Festival, the oldest and largest gathering of vintage base ball clubs in the country, featured thirty teams from six states:
In their first match on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon on the last date of the August calendar, the Frogs fell to a distinguished club from
A couple of hours later, the Frogs played the Maroons, another renowned club from
In their third and final match of the day, on the magnificent Muffin Meadow, the Frogs played the Welkin BBC of Port Huron, Michigan for the first time ever. Field Captain Brad "Doc" James juggled the Frogs batting order with the hope of seeing the Frogs muster more than one ace in an Ohio Cup match. The Welkins struck well and made some fine plays to even the score at one run apiece for the early innings. Then, as the sun started to descend in the western sky during their final at bat, the Frogs finally started to reach base safely one right after another. The
Over the course of the day, spectators from far and wide got to see Eric "Clothesline" Kutchenriter reach base safely all five times he batted. The spectators were also delighted to witness, and the Frogs were the grateful beneficiaries of, some very fine plays by catchers Jonathon "Mule" Pack and "
Reported by Mark Skolnicki, September 4, 2013
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
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