Notable Dates on the CRBL Schedule
- CRBL All-Star Game – Sunday, July 7th, 2019 Hosted by Cadott Red Sox @ Cadott High School Field
- Osseo Hosts CRBL Day – Saturday July 13th @ Jon Soiney Memorial Field
- Wildcard Wednesday – July 31st, 2019 – Sites To Be Determined
- Championship Saturday – August 3rd, 2019 – Site To Be Determined
Welcome to another season of competitive and organized local baseball in the historical and documented Chippewa River Baseball League. It is with great pride and respect that we recognize 2019 as the 91st season of baseball in the CRBL over a 111-year span of time dating back to 1908. It truly is incredible to consider that over 12,500 individuals have played in the CRBL over this long and storied existence. Definitively stated, very few if any baseball organizations across the United States – amateur or professional – can substantiate such a strong and rich place in America’s pastime as that of the Chippewa River Baseball.
Impressively, 2018 marked third year in a row that the Osseo Merchants unequivocally dominated the CRBL landscape. Going 20 and 2, the deep and talented crew from Osseo captured their third consecutive South Division title before vanquishing the Eau Claire Bears 9-6 in the wild card game. In the CRBL title bout, Osseo beat the North Division champion Eau Claire Cavaliers 7-4, staking claim to their third successive CRBL championship.
In WBA play, Osseo’s terrific run continued, as they captured the elusive WBA crown, beating the Sparta Millers 7-0 in the championship game after losing to Sparta in the previous two WBA title games. Osseo joined the Thorp Cardinals (1953), Augusta Athletics (1994), Tilden Tigers (1995, 2004), and Eau Claire Bears (2005, 2008, 2009) as fellow CRBL franchises to become WBA champions.
In a nod to the quality of play in the CRBL, the Tilden Tigers and Eau Claire Bears also made the WBA’s Final 8, marking the third consecutive year that the CRBL had multiple teams survive to the last weekend of WBA play. The last such stretch occurred in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Please take a few moments to page through this ad book and recognize the many generous sponsors, advertisers, and devoted supporters that permit the CRBL and its member teams to carry on the proud tradition of providing a quality amateur baseball league to the residents of the Chippewa Valley.
Old Man Winter’s relentless display of strength during the off-season should have made any power hitter envious. As he unleashed his fury of snow, ice, cold, and wind followed by more snow, ice, cold, and wind, the energizing sights and sounds of baseball seemed nearly unimaginable. Fear not, as Mother Nature always comes through with her promise of spring time and the spoils of baseball – green grass, popping gloves, smooth infields, shiny white baseballs, soaring home runs, steaming hot dogs, ice cold drinks, searing line-drives and bang-bang play.