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2016 Mike’s Memorial Baseball League (MMBL)  

Home of the Cross Town Classic Post Season Tournament 

(MMBL will enter its 48th season in 2016– Thank you for your support.) 


MMBL 2016 baseball season planning information below. 


2016 kick off meeting:  

The league kick off meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 20th at 7:00pm at the American Legion in Gurnee – 749 Milwaukee Avenue, Gurnee – 847.244.9282.  


Cross Town Classic:  

The first annual cross town classic post season tournament held in 2015 was a huge success with over 80 teams and 9 extra-inning games including a championship game determined in extra innings.  The fun rivalry with McHenry County Baseball League is again on the slate for early July and will include all MMBL teams.  To review the Cross Town Classic results please scroll below  


There is no additional charge for this tournament. This event is included with your league fee. 


What’s new in 2016? 


9u Division:  

MMBL is planning to add a 9u division in 2016.  The 9u division will enjoy all the benefits enjoyed by the 10u – 14u divisions including inclusion in the cross town classic and eligibility for the MMBL league award to name a few benefits. 


Scheduling will coordinate through the local coaches with the season running from April – early July allowing for teams to coordinate around full time travel and/or in house shared commitments. 


Please spread the word and help us fill the league as quickly as possible.  


Silver / B Level league to compliment the A division: 


As baseball expands and changes, MMBL has been approached by multiple local organizations about expanding to include a “B” division.   


MMBL is prepared to expand to include a “B” division in 2016.  This division will run in compliment to the standard “A” division and is contingent on age group participation.  If you are interested please contact the league or show up at the kick off meeting.    


2016 registration information located under registration tab on left side of this page.

Save $50 on registration fee if register prior to January 1, 2016 or 224.735.5086 


  Mike's Memorial Baseball league (MMBL) is a full time travel baseball league with teams from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.  The league offers competitive baseball from age groups 9U-14U.  The league will enter its 48th season in 2016. 

The league provides a regular season with approx. 20-25 games, a post season tournament, various levels of competition, and an opportunity to represent the league through a paid invite at each age level to the State Tournament for the league Champions 




Cross Town Classic / Northern Illinois Baseball Championships


10u Champion - Algonquin Storm

10u Runner up - Huntley Red Raiders

11u Champion - Lake Villa Storm

11u - Runner up - Lake County Lightning

12u Champion - Lake Zurich Cougars

12u Runner up - North Shore Elite

13u Champion - Vernon Hills Cougars

13u Runner up - Lake Zurich Cougars

14u Champion - Grayslake Rams

14u Runner up - Lake Villa Thunder



Congratulations to the 2015 season Champions and runner ups:


  • 10u Champions - Warren Blue Devils
    • 10u Runner up - Libertyville Black
  • 11u Champions - Lake Villa Storm
    • 11u Runner up - Lake County Sidewinders
  • 12u Champions - North Shore Elite
    • 12u Runner up - Lake County Sidewinders
  • 13u Champions - Renegades
    • 13u Runner up - Lake County Stars and Vernon Hills Cougars
  • 14u Champions - Lake Villa Thunder
    • 14u Runner up - Vernon Hills Cougars




The 2015 recipient of the Mike's Memorial award 

Casey Staver - 10U North Shore Elite - Congratulations


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People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby

"The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel, these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them." ~Vincent Lombardi~


In 1968, following the loss of his 12-year-old son to an asthma attack, Lou Lindebaum started Mike's Memorial Bronco League. Each year, the Mike's Memorial Award is given to a player within the league who best exemplifies good sportsmanship and fair play. The tradition of the Award lives on, and today, through the dedication and commitment of volunteers, the league has evolved into the Lake County Baseball League.