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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

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.

2014 Season

May 17 - Civil War Days at the Springs: WIN: Squires 14, Stemtown Stinkers 1.

May 31-June 1 - Mayor’s Cup Tournament at Upper Sandusky: Squires are CHAMPIONS! Tournament tallies: Match 1 - WIN-Squires 21, Columbus Buckeyes 3; Match 2 - WIN-Squires 11, Akron Black Stockings 0; Match 3 - WIN-Squires 12, Hoover Sweepers 8; Match 4 - WIN-Squires 6, Black Swamp Frogs 4; Match 5 - WIN-Squires 17, Mansfield Independents 1. Squires were the only undefeated team & Tournament champions!!
Sunday, June 8 - at HOME: RAIN OUT

Saturday, June 21 - at League Park, Cleveland: Match 1: loss-Squires 5, Cleveland Blues 6 (NOTE: 11 innings!!!); Match 2: WIN-Squires 7, Blues 6.

Sunday, June 29 - at HOME: RAIN OUT

Sunday, July 13 - at HOME: WIN - Squires 32, Celebrity All-Stars 2.

Saturday, July 26 - the Sauder Village Cup: SQUIRES ARE TOURNAMENT CHAMPS!! Match 1: WIN-Squires 12, Black Swamp Frogs 4; Match 2: WIN-Squires 8, Elkart County Railroaders (of Indiana) 6.

Sunday, Aug. 10 - at HOME: LOSS - Squires 18, Rochester Grangers 20

Sunday, Aug. 24 - LOSS - Squires 4, Canal Fulton Mules 14

Sunday, Sept. 7 - at HOME: WIN - Squires 22, Stemtown Stinkers 2

Sunday, Sept. 21 - 10 am, noon, and 2 pm - Squires compete in the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival Tournament at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, OH.


Earl Stockings Bargerstock, Marc Lefty Bargerstock, Matt Dealer Beckman,
Kevin Birdbath Beier, Ryan The Block Blodgett, Jonathan Ballpark Franks,
Heaven Frey, John M. Fly Frey, Dan Hammer Gonzalez, Kevin Diamond Horn,
Gary The Ump Kaltenbach, Chad Fingers Kinsey, Bryce Big Digger McConnell,
Jim Tallyman Miranda, Joshua Speedy Schmidt, Ryan Iron Horse Smith,
Justin Numbers Ward, Randy Bat Ward, Jerry Wings Wasserman,
Marcus Rosie Williams, and Tyler The Kid Williams