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.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Tiffin Heritage Festival
Whiskey Island Shamrocks
The Spiegel Srove Squires
Frogs Outlast Black
The strikers from Sylvania posted four tallies in the first inning to jump ahead of the Blag Flags at the onset of the game. Both club continued to strike well and score often, but the Frogs maintained a healthy lead until the seventh inning. In that frame, the Drovertown boys answered in a mighty way, scoring four runs of their own in an inning to pull to within one run of the Frogs' 13. The Frogs were able to answer that challenge and never relinquished their lead.
Reported by Rick Fuchs, September 10, 2017
Accounts of other recent matches can be found on the News page!
|For more information about vintage base ball, visit the VBBA site|
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of the Frogs' 2017 season!
(listed on the Links page)