Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Baseball
See how base ball was played during the Civil War era, when it was first rising to popularity, at the Spiegel Grove Squires. The Squires, the vintage team at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, have four home games and will participate in vintage base ball tournaments and games at other sites in Ohio in Michigan. Home games are played on the lawn behind the Hayes Home, and admission is free. The Squires bring to life the sport when it became organized with standard rules of play for clubs. Back then, base ball was spelled with two words.
The Squires are volunteers who have studied and learned the methods of play used in the 1860s, including playing bare-handed. Players are called ballists, and they wear period-style uniforms and adopt the language of 19th-century base ball during their matches, as games were called during the 1860s.
The Squires are sponsored by Whirlpool Corp.
The 2022 schedule is:
Sunday, June 12 – 1 p.m. vs. local celebrities at home.
Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 – Times TBA at the Michigan Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Sunday, July 10 – 1 p.m. vs. the Eastwood Iron Horses at home.
Saturday, July 16 – Noon vs. Pluggy’s Town BBC in Delaware.
Sunday, Aug. 14 – 2 p.m. vs. Ohio Village Muffins at home.
Sunday, Aug. 28 – 1 p.m. vs. the Canal Dover Red Legs at home.
Sunday, Sept. 4 – Times TBA at the Ohio Cup, presented by the Ohio Village Muffins at Ohio Village in Columbus.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
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