The Chicago North Men's Senior Baseball League is entering its twentieth season of adult baseball. Since its creation in 1987 with four teams of players age 35 and older, it has steadily grown, becoming one of the premier Chicago area adult baseball leagues. In 2006, we have 28+, 38+, 48+ and 55+ divisions.
The national organization, Men's Senior Baseball League , with which Chicago North is affiliated, has led the phenomenal growth of adult baseball with the rebirth of players playing for their love of the game. From a 60 player league in Long Island in 1986, it now boasts over 275 leagues and nearly 40,000 players nationwide.Hardball Magazine is the official magazine of MSBL.
CNMSBL plays in Des Plaines, on the campus of Oakton Community College; at Meadowhill Park on Waukegan Road in Northbrook; at Redmond Park, John Geils Field in Bensenville; and Recreation Park in Arlington Heights.
1983 January, Randy Hundley Cub Fantasy Camp, Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, Arizona Summer, Duke Childs field (Gary Arnold, Larry Arnold, Larry Gore, Scott Mermel, Dave Schultz, Harry Soloway, Jim Stewart, Ron Turkin) 1984 1985 Fanatics, formed by Scott Mermel, played in Chicago Metropolitan Twilight League. Included Bob Friedman, Jeff Gendelman, Rick Gordon, Bob Shapiro, Phil Smith, Al Vodicka. Autumn, Mike Pinto, Dave Jacob, Al Vodicka, Dave Allen, Jim Parker discuss creation of 30+ league after appetites whetted at Hundley camp(s). 1986 Men's Senior Baseball League founded by Steve Sigler, Jericho, NY 1987 Chicago North league formed, affiliated with Sigler's MSBL. Mike Pinto, President Al Vodicka, Manager, Condors Jim Parker, Manager, Naturals Dave Allen, Manager, Redbirds Dave Jacob, Manager, Stars 1988 MSBL held first world Series national tournament in Arizona. CNMSBL Stars became Ninjas 1989 CNMSBL added Fanatics, Movers, Ninjas became Dodgers 1990 1991 CNMSBL added Panthers, Senators 1992 CNMSBL added Wolves, Athletics 1993 CNMSBL Fanatics became Cubs; Condors became Lookouts;Naturals became Knights 1994 CNMSBL formed 40+ division with Bulls, Flyers, Chiefs, Red Sox, Cardinals and Blue Jays 1995 CNMSBL 40+ Division added Sea Dogs and Panthers 1996 CNMSBL 30+ Division added Ravens 40+ Division added Cubs and Yankees 1997 CNMSBL 30+ Division lost Redbirds; White Sox merged with Athletics; added Marlins 1998 CNMSBL 30+ Division Marlins merged with Athletics 40+ Division added Diamondbacks 50+ Division formed with Chiefs, Cardinals, Orioles and Diamondbacks 1999 CNMSBL 30+ Division lost Knights, Lookouts, Ravens, added White Sox 50+ Division added Mud Hens 2000 CNMSBL 50+ Division added Yankees 2001 CNMSBL 30+ Division added Bulls, Mariners, Ravens 50+ Division added Giants, Panthers 2002 CNMSBL Divisions aligned with MSBL National 28+, 38+, 48+ age requirements 28+ Division lost Bulls, added Warriors 48+ Division added Intimidators, Mavericks 2003 CNMSBL 28+ Division added Diamondbacks, White Sox changed to Reds 38+ Division added Athletics, Cardinals 48+ Division added Sea Dogs 2004 CNMSBL 28+ Division added Cougars, Pirates 38+ Division lost Diamondbacks, added Diamondbacks from 28+ Division 2005 CNMSBL 28+ Division lost Cougars, Reds, Senators, added Red Sox, Spartans 48+ Division added Blue Jays, Cubs, River Bandits 55+ Division formed with Black Sox, Blue Sox, Gold Sox and Red Sox 2006 CNMSBL 28+ Division lost Dodgers, Spartans, added Pelicans 38+ Division Bulls changed to Reds 48+ Division Panthers changed to White Sox 55+ Division expanded to six teams: Bulls, Fanatics, Nationals, River Bandits, Stones, and Titans