Spiegel Grove’s ‘Boys of Summer’ return for another season of vintage base ball

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 in the 1860s, when the sport – spelled with two words at the time - 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 during the 1860s.

The team has a full schedule, including three home games at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. 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.

The 2019 schedule:

  • Sunday, May 5- 1 and 4 p.m. at the Base Ball Festival hosted by the Eastwood Iron Horses at Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village in Waynesville, Ohio.
  • Sunday, May 26 – 1p.m. vs. the Canal Dover Red Legs at the Canal Fulton Festival in Dover, Ohio.
  • Sunday, June 9 - 2 p.m. vs. local celebrities at home. This is the annual celebrity all-star game.
  • Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23 – Times TBA. At the Frankenmuth Tournament at River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
  • Sunday, July 14 – 1 p.m. vs. the Rochester Grangers at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
  • Sunday, July 28 – 11 a.m. at the Carnation Cup Tournament hosted by the Alliance Crossing Rails at Glamorgan Castle in Alliance, Ohio.
  • Sunday, Aug. 11 – Noon and 1:30 p.m. vs. the Ohio Village Muffins and German Village 9 at Ohio Village in Columbus.
  • Sunday, Aug. 18 – 2 p.m. vs. the Canton Cornshuckers at home.
  • Sunday, Aug. 25 – 2 p.m. vs. the Canal Dover Red Legs at home.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 – 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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