Spiegel Grove Squires - our 'Boys of Summer'
1860s-style base ball club
Sponsored by the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.
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.
The Spiegel Grove Squires routinely compete in the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan. In 2011, the club was champion of the first ever Sauder Village Cup!
For a printable schedule of 2013 base ball matches click here.
For a match by match rundown of Squires action, read Manager Jerry Wasserman's journal.
Earl Stockings Bargerstock, Marc Lefty Bragerstock, Matt Dealer Beckman,
Kevin Birdbath Beier, Ryan The Block Blodgett, Jonathan Ballpark Franks,
John M. Fly Frey, Dan Hammer Gonzalez, Ramiro Ram Gonzalez,
Kevin Diamond Horn, Gary The Ump Kaltenbach, Chad Fingers Kinsey,
Jim Tallyman Miranda, Joshua Speedy Schmidt, Ryan Iron Horse Smith,
Justin Numbers Ward, Randy Bat Ward, Jerry WingsWasserman,
Marcus Rosie Williams, and Tyler The Kid Williams
2013 Season Schedule
April 28 - Rain Out
May 5 - Double Header - Match 1: Loss-Squires 6, Frosty Sons of Thunder 11; Match 2: Loss-Squires 0, Akron Black Stockings 6
May 18 - WIN - Squires 33, Stemtown Stinkers 15
June 15 - 10 a.m. at Pacesetter Park, Sylvania. The Sylvania Cup Tournament
June 22 - 10 a.m. at Municipal Park, Delta, OH. The Delta Sesquicentennial
July 14 - 2 p.m. at HOME vs the Local Celebrity All Stars (exhibition match)
July 21 - 2 p.m. at HOME vs the Clodbuster Base Ball Club
July 27 - noon at Sauder Village. The Sauder Village Cup tournament
Aug. 4 - 2 p.m. at HOME vs the Great Black Swamp Frogs
August 10-11 - the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
Aug. 25 - 2 p.m. at HOME vs the Stemtown Stinkers
Sept. 21 - at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, OH. The Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival