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 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.

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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. 

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This weekend the Salmon are traveling to Nappanee, IN and Benton Harbor, Michigan for the annual Barnstorm Weekend! On Saturday the Salmon play the Elkhart County Railroaders as part of the Nappanee Apple Festival at 1:30pm. On Sunday the Salmon play the House of David Echoes at 1:00pm. Spectators are most welcome!

This photo of Man Hands was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the House of David Echoes on September 19, 2021 in Benton Harbor, MI. 

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This weekend the Salmon are traveling to Nappanee, IN and Benton Harbor, Michigan for the annual Barnstorm Weekend! On Saturday the Salmon play the Elkhart County Railroaders as part of the Nappanee Apple Festival at 1:30pm. On Sunday the Salmon play the House of David Echoes at 1:00pm. Spectators are most welcome! 

This photo of Man Hands was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the House of David Echoes on September 19, 2021 in Benton Harbor, MI. 

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On Sunday, September 11th the Salmon are traveling downstate to meet longtime friends the Springfield Long Nine. The match begins at 1:00pm at Center Park.

This photo of Four Eyes was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the Springfield Long Nine on May 22, 2022 in Des Plaines, IL.

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On Sunday, September 11th the Salmon are traveling downstate to meet longtime friends the Springfield Long Nine. The match begins at 1:00pm at Center Park. 

This photo of Four Eyes was made by Brennan “Sketch” Probst (@brennanprobstart) at our match against the Springfield Long Nine on May 22, 2022 in Des Plaines, IL.

#vintagebaseball #vbba #vintagebaseballassociation #1858rules #baseball #baseballistwowords #historicallyaccurate #baseballhistory #chicagosalmon #chicagosalmonbaseball #chicago #chicagoteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #nextmatch #springfieldillinois #springfieldil #springfieldlongnine

On August 13th the Salmon travelled North and took on the Milwaukee Grays in a thrilling double-header. The strong defense of the Grays proved too much for the Salmon, resulting in two convincing victories for the Grays. There was no sulking, however, thanks to the scrumptious feast of pizza provided by the Grays and refreshments from the Estabrook Beer Garden.

Photos by Brennan "Sketch" Probst
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On August 13th the Salmon travelled North and took on the Milwaukee Grays in a thrilling double-header. The strong defense of the Grays proved too much for the Salmon, resulting in two convincing victories for the Grays. There was no sulking, however, thanks to the scrumptious feast of pizza provided by the Grays and refreshments from the Estabrook Beer Garden. 

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