VBBA 2016 Conference – Complete Information

VBBA 2016 Information

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”
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.

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Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club added 4 new photos.

Ellie Boss Lady Carlson will be supplying the meals for the Chicago Salmon 2016 VBBA Conference. Vintage Base Ball teams that come to the Chicago Salmon "home" field in Lincoln Park are not disappointed by the feast that awaits them after their game.

Neither will they be disappointed by the 1858 style breakfasts and optional 1858 picnic lunch prepared by Ellie's Sweet Symphonie Custom Catering at the Chicago Salmon2016 VBBA Conference, April 15-17. Check out the menu below.
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It is time to share words of wisdom about Chicago base ball written by our Boss Lady, Ellie Carlson for the 2009 Cincinnati VBBA Conference:

Don’t Leave Chicago Out
The East Coast gets credit, and rightly so, for the spread of base ball’s popularity in the latter nineteenth century. In fact, without the intense competition of the professionally organized teams in the early 1870s, the game in Chicago might have remained “a gentleman’s past time” for several more decades. But, that was not to be.

Chicago’s citizens enjoyed a little over ten years of pastoral play conducted between white collar men; junior, and pony boys clubs; and even competing departments from Marshall Field’s store, then called Field, Leiter, & Palmer. Between 1856 and 1869 Base Ball was extremely wholesome, it embodied goodness and encouraged exposure to fresh air. It was appropriate for women and children and unlike Boxing, Billiards and Horseracing, was not tainted with the presence of either gambling or alcohol.

The amateur base ball clubs were formed on the same principle as other social organizations. They had elected officers, boards of directors, and by-laws. Men of all ages formed clubs, usually with 18 or more members so there would be enough for a complete match. Inter club play was not always necessary for a match of base ball. When a formal match was arranged it was generally accomplished via written communication between the club secretaries. One of the clubs would issue an “invitation” in the local newspaper and thus the community would have word of the match place and time. The presence of friends, family, clergy and community members served to insure proper conduct on the part of all the players all the time.

It is romantic to think of throngs of working class men and immigrant laborers displaying athletic prowess on the diamond, but history, sadly, does not bear witness to that. Most studies conducted as to the make-up of early Chicago teams show that they nearly always consisted of men of a higher economic standing. There were several reasons for this not the least being that Sunday play was prohibited. Most working men labored six days in this time period, making a day off to play ball beyond the reach of all but those who worked for a company that had its own team. In these cases skilled players might be encouraged to play instead of work on Saturday. Additionally, most ball fields in the Chicago area were located a mile or more out of the city center where land was more open and undeveloped. Workers generally lived as close as possible to their jobs making transportation more difficult and expensive for them.

In 1865, several local clubs and some clubs from neighboring regions formed the North Western Association and the Illinois State Association of Base Ball Players. The purpose of these organizations was to codify and regulate play in what is today known as the Midwest. This formal organization might have spelled the end of amateur base ball in Chicago. In 1867 the invasion of highly skilled eastern clubs began. Embarrassing defeats at the hands of the eastern teams were decried in the newspapers, “The Excelsiors [a favorite local amateur team] cannot fill the bill” trumpeted the Chicago Tribune on July 22, 1868. So, in the winter of 1869-1870 a group of civic minded, and competitive Chicago businessmen raised $15,000 to create Chicago’s first paid team, the White Stockings. And we’ve never been the same since.

The preceding article was shamelessly condensed from several scholars including: Stephen Freedman, Peter Morris and Robert Pruter, all far more learned than I. All mistakes mine, respectfully submitted Elizabeth “Boss Lady” Carlson, Owner/Manager, Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Team, about to begin our 13th season.
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Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club added 6 new photos.

Here is another reason to attend the 2016 Chicago VBBA Conference, April 15, 16, and 17: Playing the Bound Rules of Base Ball, 1858, amongst the Historic Methodist Campground oak trees.
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Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club shared Old Timers' Baseball Association of Chicago, Inc.'s photo.

Some Chicago Base Ball History. Learn about the 1869 Chicago ball club. The Chicago Salmon are modeled after the Chicago based Union ball club from 1858.
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The Cubs' first manager was Tom Foley, who also signed the first 9 players in Chicago in 1869. But Foley was a billiards champ, an immigrant from Ireland who swept floors in billiard parlors and bars, picking up the game, developing a hustle, and a world champion. When Chicago burned down, Foley led the west side by opening a billiard parlor up; the city had a center for victims and an odd spot of normalcy.

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Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club shared Old Timers' Baseball Association of Chicago, Inc.'s photo.

Some Chicago Base Ball History. Learn about the 1869 Chicago ball club manager, Tom Foley. The Chicago Salmon are modeled after the Chicago based Union ball club from 1858.
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Tom Foley's funeral ribbon!

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