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Rockford Peaches
75th Anniversary Celebration

Rockford Peaches

Rockford Peaches History

The Rockford Peaches women's baseball team was founded in 1943 as part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The Peaches were a founding member of the league, and called Beyer Stadium in Rockford, Illinois their home. During the time of the AAGPBL, the Rockford Peaches were one of the most successful teams as they won the league championship of 1945, 1948, 1949, and 1950. The Rockford Peaches became immortalized through the 1992 movie A League of Their Own starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell. The Peaches continued to play in the AAGPBL until the league ended in 1954.

Today, Rockford residents and visitors can enjoy learning about the Rockford Peaches at Midway Village Museum. There is an exhibit called "The Girls of Summer" where the museum highlights historical artifacts and even an original Rockford Peaches uniform in the museum. Guests can also visit the original Beyer Stadium in Rockford to see where the Peaches played. A group called the Friends of Beyer Stadium helped restore the original field and added historical markings and signs to the area.

2019 Penny Marshall Celebration

The International Women's Baseball Center (IWBC) invites Rockford to join for a summer celebration honoring the late Penny Marshall, director of the transcendent sports hit movie, "A League of Their Own."

Wednesday, August 14 - "A League of Their Own" Movie Night
Prairie Street Brewing Co. (200 Prairie Street)
Doors open at 7 p.m., film begins at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 13 - Penny Marshall Market & "Play Ball for Penny" VIP Reception
Indoor City Market (116 N. Madison Street)
Market vendors will be selling Rockford Peaches, baseball and nostalgia items in the lower level from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. A VIP reception will take place in the upstairs BowTruss Room from 6 - 9 p.m. where all event net proceeds benefit the IWBC.

Saturday, September 14 - IWBC Celebration of Penny Marshall
Beyer Stadium (245 15th Avenue)
Gates open at Noon. Special guest speakers include Penny’s daughter and actress, Tracy Reiner.

Sunday, September 15 - PLAY BALL Rockford Clinic & Starfires Home Run Derby
Beyer Stadium (245 15th Avenue)
Boys and girls ages 4 - 13 can register for the free clinic (10 a.m. - Noon) at playball.org. A Home Run Derby to benefit the Rockford Starfires will take place immediately after the PLAY BALL clinic.

 

Beyer Stadium