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.
2016 Frogs' Schedule is now available!

Next Matches:

Sunday, July 31, 2016
2 pm at Wildwood Metropark
vs. Cincinnati Buckeyes

Squires Retain Sauder Trophy

   Archbold, Ohio -- The Spiegel Grove Squires did not meet defeat at the 2016 Sauder Village Vintage Base Ball Tournament and were therefore awarded the Sauder Cup Trophy.  Sauder Village's new club, the Windmills, finished with two wins and one loss in their innaugural appearance at the torunament.  The Great Black Swamp Frogs were able to score many runs throughout the day, but the Frogs' defence was unable to stop any of the clubs they faced.  Both the Frogs and the Elkhart County Railroaders finished with records of two losses and one tie.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 23 2016

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 Historical Village Visit the Sylvania Historical 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' 2016 season!
(listed on the Links page)

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