May 30, 2012

Happy Anniversary Ladies!

It's not one of those anniversaries that you're likely to find on your desk calendar at work, but May 30 is a pretty important day in baseball history.

On May 30, 1943, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played their first game.

But as we famously learned in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own", teams didn't call major cities home...they initially set up shop in the Midwest, in Kenosha, Racine, Rockford and South Bend.

The league would end up expanding to include 15 teams throughout its twelve-year history and more than 600 women would play ball.  And while most of the league's history is housed in museums (there's a pretty cool one in Rockford) or in books...I'm proud to share two pictures of what was once the home of the four-time champion Rockford Peaches.

Sure, they're from this past winter...but you get the idea.


All that remains of Beyer Stadium is the box office and entrance to the ballpark itself.  There is a makeshift field, but, honestly...it's nothing special.


Hey...how about a closer view of that sign atop the box office roof!


And, yup, there's even a plaque to remind people of what once went on at the corner of 15th Avenue and Seminary Street in Rockford, Illinois.


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