About IBR

Welcome to Illinois Baseball Report!

Let me quickly introduce myself… my name is Thomas Nelshoppen and I live in Urbana, Illinois.  I work at the University of Illinois where I am an IT consultant.  I work two blocks away from Illinois Field and on a calm day, I can hear the ping of bats right outside my building.  I’m married with two kids.

Why Illinois Baseball Report??

In short, write what you know.  I’ve followed the University of Illinois baseball team closely since 2005 and am a big fan!  I go to every home game that I can and have gone to several Big Ten Tournaments.  

This site had been an idea in my head for a while and I finally got around to making it a reality in early February 2009. I have gotten some pretty good feedback from great people and most of all, really enjoyed myself when writing about the team.


For those new to the site, check out my photo gallery of the Illinois Baseball team.  I have photos of game action not to mention Big Ten Tournament photos from 2007 and 2008.  In the days of 2005-2006 when I shot with a pocket camera.  Each year, I have upgraded my photography gear in one way or another and now, I am a full-fledged hobbyist merging my two passions, photography and baseball.  

I love hearing from other Illinois Baseball fans.  If you want, send me an email..

I don’t know where IBR will take me but I’m looking forward to the journey.  


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  1. Hey Thomas, good to see you again yesterday! Thanks for mentioning me on the website! That was cool, and the picture of Tanner is great!

  2. Great site….just starting to follow the ILLINI now that I have the time. I got this page LOCKED in,….you do a great job of giving the inside story!! THANK YOU!!

  3. Mike Altobelli

    Hi Tom
    Hope all is well with u and your Family!! We miss those days with you and Dominic.! Congrats on your IBR. And the Great season our Illini had!
    I was wondering if you had a final Home run Tally for Dom in his Career? Also what do you think is the Illinois record for Mulitable Game hit streak at Ill? I was just wondering if the 13 or 14 games Dom had is the record? I can’t find it in the record books. They don’t even have that category?
    All the Best Mike Altobelli

  4. Hi my grandson is joining Illinois on a base ball scholarship and I look forward to reading your columns and comments. His name is Dylan Jones.

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