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.
Occaisionally updated, usually correct, the 2017 Frogs' Schedule is now available!

Next Matches:

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sauder Village Tournament
(Archbold, Ohio)

11 am vs. Elkhart County Railroaders
1 pm vs. Spiegel Grove Squires
3 pm vs. Sauder Village Windmills

Frogs Prepare for Sauder Tourney

   Sylvania, Ohio -- The Great Black Swamp Frogs are preparing to travel to Archbold, Ohio, for the annual Sauder Village Vintage Base Ball Tournament.  The tournament will be held in the pastures of Sauder Village on Saturday, July 22, 2017.  The Frogs will face the Railroaders from Elkhart County, Indiana; the Spiegel Grover Squires from the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio; and the hosting Sauder Village Windmills.

Reported by Rick Fuchs, July 17, 2017

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' 2017 season!
(listed on the Links page)

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