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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Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Zeus makes a play at first at our 2022 opening match on May 1, 2022 against the Deep River Grinders at Grinder Field in Hobart, IN.

(Photo by @brennanprobstart).

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Zeus makes a play at first at our 2022 opening match on May 1, 2022 against the Deep River Grinders at Grinder Field in Hobart, IN. 

(Photo by @brennanprobstart). 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #deeprivergrinders #deeprivercountypark #grinderfield

Spend time watching the Chicago Salmon's skilled photographer, Brennan Sketch Probst share the history of photography and his techniques in this 2022 VBBA Dearborn Conference presentation.

19th Century Photography & Now. Photography, like base ball, has seen a multitude of changes since its inception in the mid-19th century, and would be nearly unrecognizable today to those who first conceived it. Brennan “Sketch” Probst will guide you through a brief history of 19th century photographic technology, and how it was used to capture base ball. In addition, Sketch will explain how he goes about using modern camera technology to effectively capture the vintage game we all love so well.

Brennan “Sketch” Probst has played for the Chicago Salmon since 2020. While he does his best as an outfielder, Sketch’s greatest contribution to the club is perhaps his photography. Sketch holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and is currently an adjunct professor at Carthage College where he teaches darkroom and digital photography.

The 2022 VBBA Dearborn Conference videos are now available at the VBBA website, www.vbba.org/videos/ and on the VBBA YouTube page: www.youtube.com/watch?v=td7Zd7YnDYk&t=115s

We hope to see you at the 2023 Dayton, Ohio VBBA Conference, March 31-April 2.
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The 2022 VBBA Dearborn Conference videos are now available at the VBBA website, www.vbba.org and on the VBBA YouTube page: www.youtube.com/channel/UCsZQik5jOLhIGthnIZxV-gw/fe
First up the All Comers Game: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUv95hhds_E

See if you can find the three Chicago Salmon that are at the La De Dah home field during the game.
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I spotted them, and I ain't rattin'em out neither, see? Greenfield Village is perfect

2 months ago
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

The 2022 Salmon season comes to a close THIS Saturday! The Salmon are traveling to Blue Island, IL to meet the Blue Island Brewmasters for a nine-inning match. The match begins at 1:00pm at Centennial Park. Don't miss out on your last chance of the year to see Salmon base ball!

This photo of Strings was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the Blue Island Brewmasters on May 22, 2021 in Des Plaines, IL.

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #blueisland #blueislandillinois #blueislandbrewmasters #seasoncloser #fallishere
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The 2022 Salmon season comes to a close THIS Saturday! The Salmon are traveling to Blue Island, IL to meet the Blue Island Brewmasters for a nine-inning match. The match begins at 1:00pm at Centennial Park. Dont miss out on your last chance of the year to see Salmon base ball! 

This photo of Strings was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the Blue Island Brewmasters on May 22, 2021 in Des Plaines, IL. 

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #blueisland #blueislandillinois #blueislandbrewmasters #seasoncloser #fallishere
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