Welcome to the website of the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club!

Started by Ellie "Boss Lady" Carlson in 1996, the Chicago Salmon play a vintage style of base ball dating back 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 play matches against other area teams at the Historic Methodist Campground in Des Plaines, IL, as well as Lincoln Park, and other area fields. We also “barnstorm” on the road to places such as Central Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. If you are interested in playing for the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club, please see our Join Us page, and fill out this form.


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Join the Salmon this coming Sunday for a fine afternoon of vintage base ball! The Salmon are playing the McLean County Prairie Chickens. The match begins at 1:00pm at the field next to Sheridan Elementary School in Sheridan, IL. Spectators are most welcome!

(Photo by @brennanprobstart).

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Join the Salmon this coming Sunday for a fine afternoon of vintage base ball! The Salmon are playing the McLean County Prairie Chickens. The match begins at 1:00pm at the field next to Sheridan Elementary School in Sheridan, IL. Spectators are most welcome!

(Photo by @brennanprobstart). 

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On June 11th, the Salmon traveled to Fox River Grove to take on the McHenry County Independants. The match was presided over by the honorable umpire Hawkeye, who wisely instated fines on infractions to keep both clubs in line. While the Independants fought valiantly, the Salmon came home with a 16-7 victory. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

At the invitation of the McHenry County Historical Society, The Salmon will be playing the McHenry County Independants THIS Saturday, June 11th in Fox River Grove, IL. The match begins at 2:00pm at Algonquin Road Elementary School. Spectators are highly encouraged!

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At the invitation of the McHenry County Historical Society, The Salmon will be playing the McHenry County Independants THIS Saturday, June 11th in Fox River Grove, IL. The match begins at 2:00pm at Algonquin Road Elementary School. Spectators are highly encouraged! 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #foxrivergrove #foxrivergroveillinois #mchenrycounty #mchenrycountyhistoricalsociety #mchenrycountyindependents
3 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

On Sunday, June 4th the Salmon met the Elkhart County Railroaders for a fine match of vintage base ball. View a full album of excellent photos on our Facebook page (facebook.com/chicagosalmonbaseball) courtesy of Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart).

If you’d like to see the Salmon in action for yourself, join us at our next match! We play this Saturday, June 11th, at 2:00pm at Algonquin Road Elementary School in Fox River Grove, IL. (Please not this is a location and time change from our original schedule). We hope to see you there!

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #baseballphotography #baseballphoto #sportsphotography #desplaines #historicmethodistcampground #elkhartcountyrailroaders
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On Sunday, June 4th the Salmon met the Elkhart County Railroaders for a fine match of vintage base ball. View a full album of excellent photos on our Facebook page (facebook.com/chicagosalmonbaseball) courtesy of Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart). 

If you’d like to see the Salmon in action for yourself, join us at our next match! We play this Saturday, June 11th, at 2:00pm at Algonquin Road Elementary School in Fox River Grove, IL. (Please not this is a location and time change from our original schedule). We hope to see you there!

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #baseballphotography #baseballphoto #sportsphotography #desplaines #historicmethodistcampground #elkhartcountyrailroadersImage attachmentImage attachment
3 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

On June 4th, the Chicago Salmon hosted a match against the Elkhart County Railroaders Vintage Base Ball Club, Inc. It was a high-scoring affair, and the Salmon ultimately came out on top with a final tally of 24-12. Much fun was had, and as with every home game, a scrumptious meal was prepared by Boss Lady for everyone to enjoy after the match concluded. Hurrah! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Boss Lady for always feeding us such delicious food and to the Salmon for having us there for a fun afternoon of vintage base ball and even lending us some ballists as some who were to come didn't make it after all. We appreciate the weather you ordered for our match as well. Huzzah! Hoorah! And thank you dear friends!

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