BAY CITY — Bay City’s vintage baseball club is hitting the road this season. The Bay City Independents, a team that plays baseball with the 1865 rules, is traveling to Mackinac Island and Cooperstown, N.Y. In addition, the Independents host a... Read More
BAY CITY — When Ron O’Laughlin heard there was a local team playing vintage baseball, he was curious. O’Laughlin attended a Bay City Independents practice in 2006 just to see what Vintage Base Ball was all about. By the end... Read More
The Independents traveled down south the land of Ohio, and played two matches at League Park hosted by the a fine base ball club, the Cleveland Blues. Cleveland is to be commended on their abilities as fine hosts, and ballists.... Read More
Jayme “High Steppin” Johnson is in his fifth season as captain of the Bay City Independents, the vintage baseball team that plays by the rules of 1865 – which require no gloves and no fences, just a gentleman’s manner and... Read More
The Bay City Independents finished among the finest at the 1867 World’s Tournament of Base Ball, played at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. The Independents lost in the championship game of the Reserve Division at the end of a five-game weekend.... Read More
My favorite moment? Well, I can’t pick just one. But, I will take you back to the summer when, my husband, Captain of the Independents, Jayme, said to me that he wanted to start a vintage base ball club in Bay City. My reply was of course, “Okaaaaaay”. (Detect sarcasm)
He spend the whole summer at the library researching on those old microfilm and microfiche machines. Once the research was done, he met with some gentlemen, formed the club and began to ask local businesses to help out so they could purchase uniforms and cover other expenses.
It is hard to believe The Independents are going into year five.
My favorite part of it all is sitting back and watching the crowd roll in and listening to their comments. Bay Cityans LOVE this game! I think it’s the most exciting event that takes place in Bay City! It is just unbelievable to me how this has taken off.
My second favorite part is spending the time with all the other club families and traveling together. Our children have become so close. They are like family to us!
Huzzah to the Independents and lets hope for many more years together!
Bay City Independents 21, Rochester Hills Grangers 9 Carroll Park, Bay City, MI – The sky was high, and the air was hot and thick as the Grangers of Rochester Hills unpacked their gear from the backs of their wagons... Read More
The Bay City Independents vintage baseball team, who actually are historical re-enactors, warmed up for its third season by presenting a program last Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Bay City. Capt. Jayme Johnson led off and hit a home... Read More