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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The Salmon are heading to Oak Park, IL on Saturday to meet the Blue Island Brewmasters for an excellent afternoon of base ball. The match begins at 2:00pm at Lindberg Park. We hope to see you there! ⚾😁

This photo of Scooter was made by Brennan "Sketch" Probst (@brennanprobstart) at a 2023 match against the Brewmasters in Blue Island, IL.  

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The Salmon are heading to Oak Park, IL on Saturday to meet the Blue Island Brewmasters for an excellent afternoon of base ball. The match begins at 2:00pm at Lindberg Park. We hope to see you there! ⚾😁

This photo of Scooter was made by Brennan Sketch Probst (@brennanprobstart) at a 2023 match against the Brewmasters in Blue Island, IL.  

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason
#oakparkil #oakpark #lindbergpark #oakparkhistoricalsociety #oakparkparkdistrict #blueislandbrewmasters
2 weeks ago

The Salmon are swimming downstate this Saturday to meet the Long Squirrels and Champaign Clippers for a Round- robin tournament at the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur, IL. The first match begins at 11:00am. We hope to see you there! ⚾😁

This photo of the Pig and GusBus was made by Brennan "Sketch" Probst (@brennanprobstart) at a 2022 match against the Long Squirrels in Springfield, IL.  

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #springfieldil
#decaturil #springfieldlongnine #rockspringsgroundsquirrels #longsquirrels #champaignclippers #roundrobin #rockspringsnaturecenter
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The Salmon are swimming downstate this Saturday to meet the Long Squirrels and Champaign Clippers for a Round- robin tournament at the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur, IL. The first match begins at 11:00am. We hope to see you there! ⚾😁

This photo of the Pig and GusBus was made by Brennan Sketch Probst (@brennanprobstart) at a 2022 match against the Long Squirrels in Springfield, IL.  

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #springfieldil
#decaturil #springfieldlongnine #rockspringsgroundsquirrels #longsquirrels #champaignclippers #roundrobin #rockspringsnaturecenter

Opening Day is finally here!! 😁⚾😁 The Chicago Salmon take on the Deep River Grinders TODAY (May 5th) at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. Come by for some good, (very) old-fashioned entertainment, plus a cold Sarsaparilla. See you on the field! 😎

These photos of the Salmon were made by Brennan "Sketch" Probst (@brennanprobstart) at the 2023 Salmon Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders on April 30, 2023 in Hobart, IN. 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin
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Opening Day is finally here!! 😁⚾😁 The Chicago Salmon take on the Deep River Grinders TODAY (May 5th) at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. Come by for some good, (very) old-fashioned entertainment, plus a cold Sarsaparilla. See you on the field! 😎

These photos of the Salmon were made by Brennan Sketch Probst (@brennanprobstart) at the 2023 Salmon Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders on April 30, 2023 in Hobart, IN. 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin

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Have fun!

Danie

Awesome! 💖

Want to show the world your Salmon pride? 🤩 Merch will be available at our opening day match THIS Sunday! We have a variety of buttons, including the 2024 limited edition design, plus waterproof, fade resistant vinyl stickers (new this year!). Buttons are $1 and stickers are $2. Those prices are almost as good as admission! 😜

Pick up your merch at our opening day match against the Deep River Grinders THIS Sunday, May 5th, at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN.

This photo of Flapjack was made by Brennan "Sketch" Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match on May 6, 2023 in Bishop Hill, IL.  

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin
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Want to show the world your Salmon pride? 🤩 Merch will be available at our opening day match THIS Sunday! We have a variety of buttons, including the 2024 limited edition design, plus waterproof, fade resistant vinyl stickers (new this year!). Buttons are $1 and stickers are $2. Those prices are almost as good as admission! 😜

Pick up your merch at our opening day match against the Deep River Grinders THIS Sunday, May 5th, at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. 

This photo of Flapjack was made by Brennan Sketch Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match on May 6, 2023 in Bishop Hill, IL.  

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin
4 weeks ago

Attention! Attention! ⚠️⚠️ Base ball season is now less than ONE WEEK away!! ⚾ 🤩 The Chicago Salmon 2024 Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders is THIS Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. A good time will undoubtedly be had by all. See you on the field! 😎

This photo of GusBus and Iron Jaw was made by Brennan "Sketch" Probst (@brennanprobstart) at the 2023 Salmon Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders on April 30, 2023 in Hobart, IN.

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin
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Attention! Attention! ⚠️⚠️ Base ball season is now less than ONE WEEK away!! ⚾ 🤩 The Chicago Salmon 2024 Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders is THIS Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm at Grinder Field in Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. A good time will undoubtedly be had by all. See you on the field! 😎

This photo of GusBus and Iron Jaw was made by Brennan Sketch Probst (@brennanprobstart) at the 2023 Salmon Season Opener against the Deep River Grinders on April 30, 2023 in Hobart, IN. 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago  #chitown #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #chicagobaseball #chicagohistory #baseballseason  #deeprivergrinders #seasonopener #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield #hobartin
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