Chicago Pit Bulls

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Chicago Pit Bulls

Founded in 1989

Chicago, Illinois
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Team logo

League Bull League
Subleague Lake League (2012-present)

American Eagle League (1991-2011) Central League (1989-1990)

Division West
Team Info
Name Chicago Pitbulls (1995-present)

Previous names Chicago Knights (1989-1995)

Colors Grey, white, black


Owner Sam Clark, Jr.

General manager Scott Davis
Ballpark Pit Bulls Ballpark
Bull Cup titles (1) 1991
League pennants (2) AEL - 1991, 2004

Division pennants (7) AEL East - 1991—1992, 2004—2005, 2008, 2011

LL West - 2013

The Chicago Pit Bulls are an American Bull League baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The team is currently located in the Lake League (LL) West division.

The Pit Bulls were originally called the Chicago Knights. Along with the Minneapolis Ravens and the Miami Storm, they are one of the only teams to have been in both the Lake League (LL) and the American Eagle League (AEL).


In 1989, the Bull League had two teams from the Chicago area, the Chicago Knights, and the North Chicago Batmen. In 1991, the Chicago Knights were moved to the AEL after many of the predecessor Southern League's teams were folded by the league commissioner. Chicago continued to play in the AEL until 2012, when the Bull League expanded to 20 teams. As Chicago is a city on one of the great lakes, for which the Lake League is named, it was decided to place it back into the LL where it was originally.

The Chicago Pit Bulls were the first official Bull Cup Champions in 1991, and defeated the Boston Brawlers in four games in that series. They have appeared in a Bull Cup final only once more, in 2004, losing to the Chicoutimi Cinquantes in five games.

Since moving to the Lake League in 2012, the Pit Bulls have made the LL championships four times, (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) but were defeated each time.

Hall of Fame Players

Two Pit Bulls players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the team.

Chicago Pit Bulls Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Joe Cool Pitcher 2015
Bill Schaffer Right Field 2009



The Chicago Pit Bulls were the first Bull Cup Champion team, winning the inaugural playoffs of 1991. It would be another 12 seasons before they would make another appearance, losing to Chicoutimi in 2004. However, they have had frequent playoff success and are the only team in the Bull League to have won a division title in both the AEL and the LL.

Bull Cup Champions
New championship 1991
(As Chicago Knights)
Succeeded by:
Seattle Salts
American Eagle League Champions
New championship 1991
(As Chicago Knights)
Succeeded by:
Seattle Salts
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2004 Succeeded by:
Richmond Ravens
American Eagle League East Division Titles
New title 19911992
(As Chicago Knights)
Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
20042005 Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2008 Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2011 Succeeded by:
Jacksonville Ravens
Lake League West Division Titles
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
2013 Succeeded by:
Hamilton Crusaders

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Milwaukee Pugs Cow League Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AA Anchorage Sky Chiefs Heifer League Anchorage, Alaska
A Peoria Mosquitos Calf League Peoria, Illinois
Short Season A Aurora Swashbucklers Milk League Aurora, Illinois