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VBBA 2016 Information

STEP BACK IN TIME
TO THE HISTORIC METHODIST CAMPGROUND Of DES PLAINES
Attend the Vintage Base Ball Association’s 2016 Conference, April 15, 16, 17, 2016
Serving the Vintage Base Ball Community for 20 years
Hosted By The Chicago Salmon, Celebrating 20 Years of “Playing for the Love of the Game”
1996-2016
Visit Conference Main Page For Information and to Sign Up


Chicago Salmon Celebrate Their 20th Season

Welcome to the website of the Chicago Salmon - Vintage Base Ball Club.


We play a vintage style of base ball dating back to 1858 and are affiliated with the Vintage Base Ball Association. We have a roster consisting of players from around the Chicagoland area and have matches against other area teams and “barnstorm” on the road to Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. If you are interested in playing for the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club - contact us.

Chicago Salmon News and Updates From Facebook

Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club added 3 new photos.

This Saturday, August 27th, the Chicago Salmon head south to Springfield, Illinois to play several matches of base ball, with the Springfield Long Nine and Murphysboro Clarkes. We will be playing at Center Park: 200 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712.

Center Park is on a peninsula that juts into Lake Springfield.

The Chicago Salmon will play two seven inning games. The first will be against the Murphysboro Clarkes at 12:30 pm followed by a match with the Springfield Long Nine.

Check out the visitor's website: www.visit-springfieldillinois.com to learn more about what you can do while you are in Springfield.
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This Saturday, August 27th, the Chicago Salmon head south to Springfield, Illinois to play several matches of base ball, with the Springfield Long Nine and Murphysboro Clarkes. We will be playing at Center Park: 200 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712.

Center Park is on a peninsula that juts into Lake Springfield.

The Chicago Salmon will play two seven inning games. The first will be against the Murphysboro Clarkes at 12:30 pm followed by a match with the Springfield Long Nine.
 
Check out the visitors website: www.visit-springfieldillinois.com to learn more about what you can do while you are in Springfield.

Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club shared Rockford Proud's photo.

A remarkable accomplishment by Rockford area volunteers, especially Greg Schwanke of the Forest Citys Vintage Base Ball Club!
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Have you visited the refurbished Beyer Stadium yet? The famed home of the Rockford Peaches is once again fielding a women's baseball team with the Rockford Starfires Women's Baseball (named after a type of peach). The stadium also includes a history-walk where you can learn the long, fascinating history of Rockford and the sport of baseball. It took the non-profit group, Friends of Beyer Stadium, many years to fund and refurbish the stadium, but the beautiful job they did is not going unrecognized. The International Women's Baseball Center is moving from California to its new home of Rockford, Illinois: right across the street from Beyer! It took dedicated volunteers and dozens of donators to make this dream a reality, and I for one want to thank them for this extraordinary gift. #rockfordproud

A remarkable accomplishment by Rockford area volunteers, especially Greg Schwanke of the Forest Citys Vintage Base Ball Club!

The Vintage Base Ball Association has chosen Cooperstown, NY, will be the site of the 2017 VBBA Conference. Here is the announcement posted today by Helen Degeatano on the VBBA Facebook page.

VBBA (Vintage Base Ball Association) Facebook Page

For those of you waiting patiently, the site for the 2017 VBBA Conference has been selected.

March 24-26 in Cooperstown, NY.

The Otesaga Resort Hotel www.otesaga.com/
The room rate has been negotiated down to $175 per night, including a buffet breakfast and taxes. Single or double occupancy. For anyone that has been to the Grand Hotel on Makinac Island, it is a similarly majestic place.

We will have a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the registration. Currently negotiating the best price there too.

Many more details will follow soon.. but for now, mark the date and start making your plans. A one of a kind opportunity for the VBBA conference, and you won't want to miss it.

Tentative, and rough agenda.

Friday: March 24, 2017
3 pm to 6 pm. Registration at Resort
6 pm. Evening group meal at Mel's Restaurant

Saturday March 25, 2017
7:45 am to 8:45 am Breakfast buffet, included in room price
9:00 am to Noon. Tour of HOF, Working on getting access to some items that are NOT on public display.
Noon to 2 pm Lunch, on your own
2 pm-5 pm (approx) All comers match
5 pm to 6:30 pm. Free time, clean up, etc
6:30 pm to 730 pm Open bar, cocktail hour at Resort.
7:30 pm Banquet, Guest speaker TBD.. but working on one.
Silent Auction will be in banquet room, open until 30 minutes after banquet (or thereabouts)

Sunday March 26, 2017
7:30 am to 8:30 am Breakfast buffet, included in room price
8:30 am to 9:30 am, VBBA Board meeting
9:30 am General membership meeting

After membership meeting.. people are on their own !

Notes:. Breakfast buffet times are general.. Actual serving hours will be posted in the registration info.. and your eating time is your personal choice.

Registration fee is based on negotiated rate at Hall Of Fame.. but guesstimate range is $75 - $85.. total for banquet, HOF tour, speaker costs, field rental for all comers match, and misc expenses.. Final fee will be posted once all items are in and accounted for.

If you have items you are able to donate to the silent auction, please let me know, and we will work out a way to get the items from you, if you are unable to attend. If you are attending, bring them with you to the conference as usual.

Watch this space over the next few months for further updates.. and start saving your nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, dollars, etc.. so you can make this trip a reality !!.
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