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Two local vintage base ball teams, the North Baltimore Cyclones and the Spiegel Grove Squires, are headstrong into their summer seasons.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s vintage base ball team, the Spiegel Grove Squires, will play their first home match of the season June 27 at 1 p.m. in Spiegel Grove.

The Squires will be joined in this competitive demonstration of 1860s-style base ball by the Forest City Base Ball Club. The match is free and open to all. Players wear vintage-style uniforms, use 19th-century-style equipment, and observe such regulations as no cursing, no base stealing, no untucked shirts, and no calling other players by their first names – the courtesy title “Mister” is used in all references to teammates or rivals.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.

This past Sunday Wood County’s newest vintage base ball team, the Cyclones, managed by Lake High School graduate and charter member of Toledo’s Roger Bresnahan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, Craig Lammers, played the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers out of Tipp City, Ohio. The Cyclones lost 10-6, but Buckeye Cable Sports Network broadcaster Greg Franke, a player and friend of Lammers’, led the Cyclones with three hits including a triple.

The Cyclones played at one of Ohio's oldest former minor league ballparks on June 12. The Cyclones lost to the Columbus Buckeyes, 14-6, at Marion's historic Lincoln Park Stadium. The current grandstand at the park was constructed as a WPA project in 1936 and professional baseball was played there in 1937 and from 1944 to 1951. With a previous grandstand, the park hosted minor league baseball in 1915 and an exhibition game witnessed by President Warren G. Harding in the fall of 1920. 

Future major league stars such as Jim Bunning, Joe Nuxhall, Ned Garver, Wally Post, Brooks Lawrence and Bob Nieman played at the park as members of visiting teams.

“Minor League ballparks from this era are mostly gone so playing in one of the surviving parks is a truly rare opportunity,” Lammers said before his team made the trip. “A large crowd is expected and there will be pre-game ceremonies. The game has been heavily publicized in Marion.”

Jason Hartigan had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs and Mike Schmidt had two hits and a pair of RBI for the Cyclones in that game. Lammers also had a pair of hits and was the losing pitcher.

The "Celebration of Marion County Baseball History" day game was co-sponsored by the Marion County Historical Society, Marion Baseball for Youth, and the Cyclones.

The Cyclones first first home game this season was June 6 versus the Mansfield Independents in Portage, Ohio. The Cyclones also had a game scheduled at Lakewood Park in Cleveland on June 23.

The Cyclones will open their home season on Sunday against the Whiskey Island shamrocks of Cleveland.  The teams will play two games starting at 1 p.m. at Enfield Park in Portage, Ohio.

Anyone interested in playing for the Cyclones can reach Lammers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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