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, Naper Setlement, Blue Island, 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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The Salmon are meeting the Somonauk Blue Stockings for an exciting match of vintage base ball this coming Sunday in Somonauk, IL! 

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20 years from now (hopefully) somebody’s gonna look at the picture and wonder what that thing is around your neck!

What a great looking ball player 🙂

Actually looks a little more like a confused golfer!?!?!?!? 😜

Is it your first game back, Gary Schiappacasse ?

5 days ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

This past Saturday, the Salmon travelled to Nappanee, Indiana to play a match of base ball with the fine gentlemen of the Elkhart County Railroaders. On Sunday, the club trekked to Benton Harbor, Michigan and traded corkers with longtime friends, the House of David Echoes. Much fun was had by all, despite the late summer heat! ... See MoreSee Less

Our chapter’s September-October 2021 newsletter is hot off the press. Enjoy! bit.ly/SABRChicago20210910 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Mark your calendars! The annual Salmon Indiana/Michigan Barnstorm weekend is nearly here. On Saturday, September 18th the Salmon will be playing matches against the Elkhart County Railroaders and Benton Harbor Livery Brewers as part of the famous Nappanee Apple Festival in Nappanee, IN. On Sunday, September 19th the Salmon will play against the House of David Echoes at their historic home field in Benton Harbor, MI. Hoorah!

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #nappanee #nappaneeindiana #nappaneeapplefestival #bentonharbor #bentonharbormichigan #houseofdavid #edenspringscampground
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Mark your calendars! The annual Salmon Indiana/Michigan Barnstorm weekend is nearly here. On Saturday, September 18th the Salmon will be playing matches against the Elkhart County Railroaders and Benton Harbor Livery Brewers as part of the famous Nappanee Apple Festival in Nappanee, IN. On Sunday, September 19th  the Salmon will play against the House of David Echoes at their historic home field in Benton Harbor, MI. Hoorah!

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #nappanee #nappaneeindiana #nappaneeapplefestival #bentonharbor #bentonharbormichigan #houseofdavid #edenspringscampground
3 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Scooter pitches at our match against the Elkhart Railroaders and Livery Brewers on September 19, 2020 in Nappanee, IN. (Photo by @brennanprobstart).

The Salmon are returning to Nappanee for another spirited match on Saturday, September 18th!

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #nappanee #nappaneeindiana #nappaneeapplefestival
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Scooter pitches at our match against the Elkhart Railroaders and Livery Brewers on September 19, 2020 in Nappanee, IN. (Photo by @brennanprobstart). 

The Salmon are returning to Nappanee for another spirited match on Saturday, September 18th! 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #nappanee #nappaneeindiana #nappaneeapplefestival

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Will you be playing this year at the Methodist Campgrounds or did I miss it? Love these games.

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