The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation is once again presenting a throwback competition played by the old-school rules of the 1850’s when the Vintage Baseball Game returns to the Elmhurst University campus on Sunday, June 4, 2023 starting at 2 p.m.

The fans (known as “kranks”) will be out in force to cheer and jeer as two Elmhurst clubs face off in a Town vs. Gown showdown between the City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst University staff players. The game is open to the public and takes place on the Elmhurst University Mall at 190 S. Prospect Ave. (between Hammerschmidt Chapel and the Frick Center). Admission is free, and fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and refreshments to enjoy during the game. Free parking is available in the Elmhurst University parking lots.

As has been the tradition for the last few years, Mayor Scott Levin will lead the City of Elmhurst squad and Elmhurst University team skipper will be President Troy VanAken. The Elmhurst History Museum’s executive director, Dave Oberg, will oversee the competition as “barrister” (also known as an umpire) and share the rules and slang terms with the audience.

“The Vintage Baseball is a really run way to learn about the history of one of our country’s favorite summer pastimes,” said Dave Oberg. “We are grateful to Elmhurst University for hosting us and to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation for sponsoring this annual event. It is truly a unique experience for baseball fans of all ages.”

 “The Vintage Game is an homage to the roots of baseball in this country, so it’s a hands-on way to learn about the game’s history and traditions,” added Oberg. “Everyone has a fantastic time, whether they are on the field or spectators, so we are anticipating another great afternoon of old-school baseball at Elmhurst University.”

All are invited to join in the cheering and jeering on Sunday, June 4th at 2 p.m. at Elmhurst University. For more information, visit the Elmhurst History Museum’s web site at or call (630) 833-1457.