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Spiegel Grove Squires - 1860s base ball club



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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.

2015 Season

Saturday, May 31 - 1 p.m. at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs. An exhibition match with the Stemtown Stinkers.

Sunday, June 7 - 1:30 p.m. at HOME in Spiegel Grove with the Forest City Base Ball Club from Chagrin Falls.

Saturday, June 13 - 9:45 a.m. Base Ball demonstration during Let’s Move session at the Fremont Recreation Center.

Sunday, June 28 - 2 p.m. at HOME with the Celebrity All-Stars.

Sunday, July 12 - 2 p.m. at HOME in Spiegel Grove with the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club.

Sunday, July 19 - 2 p.m. at Huntington Reservation in Bay Village with the Villager Vintage Base Ball Club.

Saturday, July 25 - noon at Sauder Village in Archbold. The Sauder Village Cup tournament. The Squires are the defending champions!

Sunday, Aug. 9 - 2 p.m. at HOME in Spiegel Grove with the Stemtown Stinkers of Green Springs.

Sunday, Aug. 23 - 2 p.m. at HOME in Spiegel Grove with the Alliance Crossing Rails.

Sunday, Aug. 30 - 2 p.m. at HOME with the Wyandotte Stars of Wyandotte, MI.

Sunday, Sept. 20 - (time tba) Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival Tournament in Tiffin, OH.

Oct. 3 - 1:30 p.m. Base Ball demonstration at the Hayes Civil War reenactment.


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, Ramiro Ram 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, and Marcus Rosie Williams.