Blue Island Brewmasters Vintage Base Ball Club

Brewmasters practices are open to the public and held each Thursday at 6:30pm on our home field – the Gas Works Grounds – on the corner of James & Ann Streets in Blue Island. Interested in becoming a Brewmaster? Email us at info@blueislandhistoricalsociety.com

The Blue Island Brewmasters return for their second season of vintage base ball… HUZZAH! We have 6 games scheduled for the 2018 season – all games start at 2pm.

 

Home games

Saturday, June 16 against the Deep River Grinders
Sunday, August 12 against the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club
Saturday, September 8 against the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

 

Road games

Saturday, July 7 against the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

Historic Methodist Campground

1900 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, Illinois

 

Saturday, August 18 against the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club

Mt. Assisi Academy

13860 Main St, Lemont, Illinois

 

Sunday, September 30 against the Deep River Grinders

Deep River County Park

9410 Old Lincoln Hwy, Hobart, Indiana

Brewmasters home games are played on the Gas Works Grounds at the intersection of James and Ann Streets in Blue Island, IL. Just bring a blanket or folding chairs and enjoy the game of baseball as it was played in 1858.

Brewmasters vs. Grinders Photo Gallery

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The Brewmasters play base ball (yep, it was two words back then) according to the rules of 1858. Some notable differences from the modern game include:

 

  • Bare hands! No gloves are used in vintage base ball.
  • The ball is slightly larger and slightly softer than a modern-day baseball.
  • Swearing, spitting, sliding into a base, and arguing a call are considered ungentlemanly, and are subject to a 25 cent fine by the umpire – a day’s wages in 1858!
  • A ball is called fair or foul based on where it first hits the ground.
  • Pitching is underhand, and it’s the job of the hurler to place the ball where the batter requests.

 

The list goes on! Want to learn more? Attend a home game!