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