Wyandotte Vintage Base Ball
The Wyandotte Stars is a historic or vintage base ball (yes, that’s two words!) club that recreates this early American pastime using the rules and customs of the 19th century.
The original Wyandotte Star Club was formed in the mid-19th century in Wyandotte, Michigan. In a letter and score card dated October 5th, 1867, the Star Club won a sweeping victory against the Monitor Club of Taylor – beating them 85 – 15! This intriguing document, one of a handful of early baseball records in southeastern Michigan, is the inspiration for our reformed team (document currently on display at the Wyandotte Museum).
September 8th, 2007, was the inaugural match of the new Stars – 140 years after the original team took the field. Our players, a dedicated group of volunteers and sports enthusiasts, wear historic reproduction uniforms specially made to accurately reflect the uniforms of America’s first base ball players.
The Y & • logo was used by Wyandotte sports teams in the 19th century, which is evidenced by archival images in our collection. While we do not have photographic evidence of the original Star team – only the score card survives to convey their existence - the uniforms on the field today are reproductions of what was worn by organized clubs at the time.
We believe this program and our dedicated players preserve the spirit of Wyandotte’s historic sports teams and bring to life the traditions and camaraderie of early base ball.