The Saint Louis Perfectos and the Lafayette Square Cyclones are Base Ball clubs playing by the rules and customs of the 1860’s. It is the goal of the clubs to spread the game of Vintage Base Ball and to provide an entertaining and fun atmosphere for all. As member clubs of the Greater St. Louis Base Ball Historical Society, players of all ages (over 18) and skill levels are welcome to join.
The clubs are dedicated to the preservation and demonstration of the great game of base ball as it was played in the mid 19th Century. In a nutshell, that means they pitch underhanded, catch the ball barehanded, and swing wooden bats the size of telephone poles (well, some of us do). All of this is done in grassy meadows under the summer sun with some of the craziest and most fun people you’ll likely ever meet.
The home field of both teams is in historic Lafayette Park. The teams feel it is important (and historically significant) to play home games in St. Louis, preferably at a public park where residents can enjoy watching and participating in these games. With its rich history, Victorian-era personality and a vibrant surrounding neighborhood, Lafayette Park is an ideal location for the team’s home games.
They play in an unmarked field at the northwest corner of Lafayette Park (Missouri and Park Avenues). Look for our “Vintage Base Ball To-Day” sign. Please bring your own seating (e.g., lawn chair), because there is no “field seating” available.
For a schedule of all Lafayette Park activities, including Vintage Base Ball games, visit our Events Calendar page.