Stars, firefighters to face off in sports bar benefit

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WYANDOTTE – Wyandotte Firefighters were applauded for their efforts recently in fighting a June 10 fire that destroyed popular sports bar Lions, Tigers and Beers.

But now, they take on another challenge, going up against old-fashioned baseball team The Wyandotte Stars in a barehanded game for charity.

The game, scheduled for 2 p.m. July 1 at Memorial Park, is free to the public. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts, hot dogs and 50/50 raffles will benefit the restaurant’s more than 40 former employees.

Stars Captain Zac Holdren visited the city council meeting Monday to invite the public to the inaugural event, which they hope to repeat annually with funds raised for different charities. He also asked Mayor Joseph Peterson to throw out the first pitch.

Peterson accepted, but joked that the team may need to make some changes for his appearance.

“Are you going to move the mound in about 10 feet for me?” he asked.

Holdren said the team wanted to help the sports bar, which normally holds its annual March fundraiser.

“We wanted to reach out and do what we were able to do for them,” he said.

He also said the firefighters are prepared to play by the game’s original rules.

“They are ready to compete,” Holdren said. “We can’t wait to have them out.”