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Members of the 2014 Spiegel Grove Squires base ball club pose in front of the Hayes Home.

Spiegel Grove Squires - our 'Boys of Summer'
1860s-style base ball club

History
The story of the Spiegel Grove Squires follows a path straight from the White House. After serving as our country's 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes retired to his Fremont, Ohio, estate - Spiegel Grove. The name of the estate is based on the President's fondness for the look of the property immediately after a rain shower. Hayes chose the German word "spiegel," which means mirror, as an apt description of the reflective rainwater pools that collect under the trees following a storm.

When the Hayes Presidential Center organized an 1860s-style base ball club in 1991, the 12 volunteer players immediately knew where to turn for a name. Their home field is located within the grounds of the Hayes estate - Spiegel Grove. The first Spiegel Grove Squires match took place July 20, 1991. It pitted the novice players against the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Village Muffins, the first vintage base-ball team formed in the United States. After seven years of play, the Spiegel Grove Squires became inactive in 1998. The club re-formed in 2001 and now plays an average of nine matches per season.

2016 Season

· Saturday, May 22- 2 p.m. at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs vs. the Stemtown Stinkers.

· Sunday, June 5- 2 pm. at home vs. the Fulton Mules Vintage Base Ball Club.

· Sunday, June 12- 2 p.m. at home, celebrity all-star game. Local celebrities will suit up with the Squires.

· Sunday, June 26- TBA at the Western Reserve Cup, hosted by the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club

· Saturday, July 2- 2 p.m. double-header in Bay Village vs. the Villagers Vintage Base Ball Club and the Whiskey Island Shamrocks.

· Sunday, July 17- 2 p.m. in Wyandotte, Michigan, vs. the Wyandotte Stars.

· Saturday, July 23- Noon at the Sauder Village Cup tournament at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.

· Sunday, July 31- 2 p.m. at home vs. the Stemtown Stinkers from Green Springs.

· Sunday, Aug. 14 - 1 p.m. at the Carnation Cup Tournament, hosted by the Alliance Crossing Rails Base Ball Club.

· Sunday, Aug. 21- 2 p.m. at home vs. the Villagers Vintage Base Ball Club from Bay Village.

· Sunday, Aug. 28- 2 p.m. at home versus the Wyandotte Stars from Wyandotte, Michigan.

· Sunday, Sept. 18- 10 a.m. at the Tiffin-Seneca County Heritage Festival at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, exhibition games against other vintage base ball clubs.

Game results can be found here:http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/newsroom/display.asp?id=1669 .