Take me out to the old ball game

Tom Jackson
Jul 12, 2014

 

If you've never seen a vintage "base ball" game at the Rutherford B. Hayes Center in Fremont, you have another chance this weekend. The home team, the Spiegel Grove Squires, will take on a pickup team of local "celebrities," including educators and a couple of fire chiefs. Game time is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hayes Center, and admission is free.

If you've never seen a game played according to 1860s rules, you are in for a wonderful and unusual site. Balls are caught bare handed, and if you catch the ball after one bounce, it's an out. Trees in the field of play are just part of the game. Scores can be high; when I caught part of a game last year, the local team lost 34-23 to the visiting Columbus Capitals. Finger injuries are fairly common in a game played without gloves. Players are expected to address each other as "Mister," and fines can be levied for spitting or bad language. If you miss Sunday's game, other events at the museum are listed at the center's website

The "Local Celebrity All Stars" taking on the home team are as follows:

Tom Culbertson, director emeritus of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Timothy Cullen, superintendent of Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools, Fremont
 
Jon Detwiler, superintendent of Lakota Local Schools
 
Jack Fatica, vice-president of Academic Affairs, Terra State Community College
 
Dave Foos, fire department chief for City of Fremont
 
Rob Hershey, manager of Walmart Supercenter, Fremont
 
Mike Jay, director of Strategic Networks, Regional Growth Partnership/Jobs Ohio
 
Greg Lowe, fire department chief for Green Springs
 
Kyle Mayle, patrolman, Ohio State Highway Patrol
 
Joe Picciuto, estimator and vice-president for Bower Tiling Service, Clyde
 
Bernie Steinmetz, manager of Development, Donor Relations & Volunteers, Mercy Tiffin Hospital
 
Scott Welch, engineer, Gem Industries