2018 Spiegel Grove Squires schedule

 See how baseball was played in its early days with the Spiegel Grove Squires, the vintage team at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The Squires bring to life base ball – as it was spelled back then – in the 1860s, when the sport became organized with standard rules of play for clubs.

Members of the Spiegel Grove Squires are volunteers. They 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 back then.

The team has a full schedule, including several home games at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Members also will play in some tournaments and at festival.

Admission to home games is free. Home games take place on the lawn behind the Hayes Home. The Squires are sponsored by Wright Leather Works, LLC.

The 2018 schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 27 - 2 p.m. at the Walleye Festival at Water Works Park in Port Clinton vs. the Stemtown Stinkers.
  • Sunday, June 3 - 2 p.m. at home vs. the Rochester Grangers of Rochester Hills, Michigan.
  • Sunday, June 10 - 2 p.m. at home, celebrity all-star game. Local celebrities will suit up with the Squires.
  • Sunday, July 1 – 11 a.m. at the Western Reserve Cup, hosted by the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club at Lakewood Park in Lakewood.
  • Sunday, July 8 – 2 p.m. at home vs. the Akron Black Stockings.
  • Sunday, July 15 – 1 p.m. at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus vs. the Columbus Buckeyes.
  • Sunday, July 29 – 11 a.m. at the Carnation Cup Tournament hosted by the Alliance Crossing Rails BBC. The tournament will take place at Glamorgan Castle in Alliance.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5 – 2 p.m. at home vs. the Ohio Village Muffins.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 – 1 p.m. at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron vs. the Akron Black Stockings.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – 2 p.m. at home vs. the Canton Cornshuckers.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16 – 10 a.m. at the Tiffin-Seneca County Heritage Festival at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 – 10 a.m. at the Sauder Village Cup hosted by Sauder Village in Archbold.

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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