Wyandotte Alkalis

The Wyandotte Alkalis were a minor league baseball team based in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1912 and 1913. Wyandotte played exclusively as members of the Class D level Border League .

Wyandotte Alkalis
19121913
Wyandotte, Michigan
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass D (1912–1913)
LeagueBorder League (1912–1913)
Major league affiliations
TeamNone
Minor league titles
League titles (1)1912
Team data
NameWyandotte Alkalis (1912–1913)
BallparkAlkali Park (1912–1913)

HistoryEdit

In 1912, the Wyandotte, Michigan based Wyandotte Alkalis became charter members of the five–team Class D level Border League. The Border League featured teams from both the United States and Canada. The 1912 league featured the Mount Clemens Bathers, Pontiac Indians, Port Huron Independents and Windsor teams joining the Wyandotte Alkalis in Border League play.[1][2][3]

The "Alkalis" moniker derives from local business and the Michigan Alkali Company. The company headquarters was located along Biddle Street in Wyandotte. The Michigan Alkali Company owned much of the property in Wyandotte, Michigan during the era, including Alkali Park, the Wyandotte Alkalis' home ballpark.[4][5]

In their first season of play, the 1912 Wyandotte Alkalis won the Border League Championship. Beginning league play on May 30, 1912, Wyandotte had a final record 19–5 to win the title under manager H.R. Browne. Wyandotte finished 4.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Pontiac Indians (14–9), followed by the Mount Clemens Bathers (11–15), Windsor (9–14) and Port Huron Independents (7–17) in the final standings.[6][2][7][8][3]

The Wyandotte Alkalis played their final season in 1913. Beginning play on May 24, 1913, the Alkalis placed 2nd in the 1913 the Border League standings. Wyandotte ended the 1913 season with a 24–13 record, as manager H.R. Browne returned. The Alkalis finished 1.5 games behind the 1st place Ypsilanti, Michigan team in the six–team league final standings.[9][10][11]

The Border League folded after the 1913 season. Wyandotte, Michigan has not hosted another minor league team.[12][13]

The ballparkEdit

The Wyandotte Alkalis played their 1912 and 1913 home games at Alkali Park. The ballpark reportedly opened on May 16, 1901, and was built by the Michigan Alkali Company, namesake of the team. The ballpark site today is home to the 9–hole Wyandotte Shores Golf Course, located at 3625 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan.[4][14]

 
(2011) Michigan Alkali Administration Building Historic Site. Wyandotte, Michigan

TimelineEdit

Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League
1912–1913 2 Wyandotte Alkalis Class D Border League

Year-by-Year RecordEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs/notes
1912 14–9 1st H. R. Browne League champions
1913 24–13 2nd H. R. Browne None held

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Notable alumniEdit

No alumni of the Wyandotte Alkalis reached the major leagues.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Border League - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  2. ^ a b "1912 Border League (BL) minor league baseball Standings on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Wyandotte Alkalis - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  4. ^ a b "Alkali Park in Wyandotte, MI minor league baseball history and teams on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  5. ^ "Michigan Alkali Company | Detroit Historical Society".
  6. ^ "1912 Wyandotte Alkalis minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  7. ^ "1912 Wyandotte Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  8. ^ "1912 Border League". Baseball-Reference.com.
  9. ^ "1913 Wyandotte Alkalis minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  10. ^ "1913 Border League (BL) minor league baseball Standings on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  11. ^ "1913 Wyandotte Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ "Wyandotte, MI - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  13. ^ a b "Wyandotte, Michigan Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  14. ^ "Welcome To City Of Wyandotte, MI". www.wyandotte.net.

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