FREMONT The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center's vintage base ball team the Spiegel Grove Squires play their next home match at 2 p.m. Sunday in Spiegel Grove against the Clodbusters base ball Club. The event is free thanks to sponsorship from KF Construction & Excavating LLC.
The sport of base ball (two words in the 19th century) just was reaching the level of a "national pastime" in the late 1800s. Professional teams were organizing and rules of play were being standardized. By the 1860s, most large cities hosted matches of what was known as the "gentlemanly sport of base ball."
Other matches in the Squires' 2013 season:
July 27 noon at Sauder Village, Archbold. Sauder Village Cup Vintage base ball Tournament.
Aug. 4 2 p.m. in Fremont with the Great Black Swamp Frogs.
Aug. 10-11 World Tournament of Historic base ball, Greenfield Village, Mich.
Aug. 25 2 p.m. in Fremont with the Stemtown Stinkers of Green Springs.
Sept. 21 at Hedges-Boyer Park, Tiffin, during the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival.
For information, call (419) 332-2081.