Friday, May 4, 2018
Illinois Bicentennial: 20 Essential Sports Experiences-- Part 1: Rockford Peaches
From the March 4, 2018, Chicago Tribune "Bicentennial Bucket List: 20 essential sports experiences in Illinois" by Lori Rackl and Tim Bannon.
This is part of a Bicentennial List of 200 things every Illinoisan and visitor to do to commemorate out state's 200th birthday this year.
1. ROCKFORD PEACHES
Beyer Stadium, Rockford.
Penny Marshall's 1992 film, "A League of Their Own" was about the Rockford Peaches, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team formed during World War II by Phil Wrigley of the Cubs and chewing gum fame.
The Peaches played at this stadium from 1943 to 1954 and won several league championships along the way.
The stadium has been renovated and the Rockford Starfires, women's baseball team, formed in 2012. Admission to home games is free with a non-perishable item. Midway Village also has a display on the Rockford Peaches.
This is the 75th anniversary of the Rockford Peaches and the city plans special events May 30 and June 1-3.
Also, there are other women's professional teams with two in Chicago, the WNBA's Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars soccer team.