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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22 hours ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Today the Chicago Salmon faced the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club on their home field, which happened to be covered in a blanket of dandelions! Though the Salmon fought hard, especially during a 9th inning rally, the Lookouts emerged victorious with a score of 21 - 14. A delicious feast was prepared by the Lookouts, featuring their famous homemade brownies. Hurrah! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for these, Sketch! I always look forward to seeing your photos.

Susan Baird Grish here’s the pics!

3 days ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Iron Jaw makes a play in the outfield at our match against the Valparaiso Lookouts on May 23, 2021. (Photo by @brennanprobstart).

The Salmon return to Valparaiso THIS Sunday! The match will be played at the field behind Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1:00pm. Hurrah!

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Iron Jaw makes a play in the outfield at our match against the Valparaiso Lookouts on May 23, 2021. (Photo by @brennanprobstart). 

The Salmon return to Valparaiso THIS Sunday! The match will be played at the field behind Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1:00pm. Hurrah! 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #valparaiso #valparaisoindiana #valpo #valpoindiana #valparaisolookouts #pocomuse

Spectators are welcome at every match; we can't wait to see you at the ball field! ... See MoreSee Less

Spectators are welcome at every match; we cant wait to see you at the ball field!

The Chicago Salmon are meeting the Valparaiso Lookouts on Sunday, May 15th for a fine afternoon of vintage base ball. The game will begin at 1:00pm cst at the field behind Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN. Spectators are more than welcome!

This photo of Lawman is from our match against the Lookouts on May 23, 2021. Photo by @brennanprobstart.

#vintagebaseball #VBBA #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #BaseballHistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #Chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #baseballgame #valparaiso #valparaisoindiana #ValparaisoIN #valpolookouts #valpo #valparaisolookouts #pocomuse
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The Chicago Salmon are meeting the Valparaiso Lookouts on Sunday, May 15th for a fine afternoon of vintage base ball. The game will begin at 1:00pm cst at the field behind Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN. Spectators are more than welcome! 

This photo of Lawman is from our match against the Lookouts on May 23, 2021. Photo by @brennanprobstart. 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #baseballgame #valparaiso #valparaisoindiana #valparaisoin #valpolookouts #valpo #valparaisolookouts #pocomuse
2 weeks ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Though the weather was cool, Salmon bats were HOT in this year's opening match against friends, the Deep River Grinders. The river caused both clubs much grief, but the Salmon ultimately proved to be the better swimmers and emerged with victory. Hurrah!

All photos by Brennan Probst
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