Vintage ‘Squires’ base ball team takes on local celebrities on June 9 at Hayes Home

The Spiegel Grove Squires vintage baseball team, on the Waterworks Park baseball field in Port Clinton for a Walleye Festival competition in 2018, will play a celebrity game on June 9 on their home field at the Hayes Home in Fremont. (Photo by D’Arcy Egan)

The Spiegel Grove Squires, the vintage base ball team at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, will take on local celebrities on Sunday, June 9, on the lawn behind the Hayes Home. The game begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Each year, local celebrities suit up and play the Squires for one game. This year, celebrities confirmed to play so far are:

Daniel Sanchez – Fremont mayor; Adam Brickner – School counselor at Central Local Middle School in Sherwood; John Cahill – PLC coordinator and varsity boys basketball coach at Fremont Ross High School; Dave Foos – Fremont fire chief; Chris Hilton – Sandusky County sheriff; Jeffery Lamson – Superintendent of Fremont’s Water Pollution Control Center; Pete LeJeune – Program supervisor at Fremont Community Recreation Complex; Josh Matz – Principal at Hayes Elementary School in Fremont; Scott Miller – Sandusky County Commissioner; Kevin Moore – Associate Curator at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

The Squires, sponsored by Wright Leather Works, LLC, bring to life base ball – spelled two words in its early days – during the Civil War era, 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 at the time.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.

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