Spiegel Grove Squires have back-to-back August home games

The Spiegel Grove Squires, the vintage base ball team at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, will play home games the next two Sundays.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, the Squires will play the Canton Cornshuckers, and on Sunday, Aug. 25, they will play the Canal Dover Red Legs.

Both games begin at 2 p.m. and will take place on the lawn behind the historic Hayes Home. Admission is free.

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

The 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 Squires are sponsored by Wright Leather Works.

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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