Several original Rockford Peaches and the actress who one in the 1992 film ‘A League of Their Own’ will be appearing in Rockford for a special ‘Meet a Peach’ event on Thursday, May 31st to celebrate the team’s 75th anniversary.
The Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced Friday that actress Megan Cavanagh, who played Marla Hooch in the film, along with original Rockford Peach Helen “Sis” Waddell-Wyatt — who played outfield and infield — and bat girls Charlene O’Brien and Clara Kilman, along with the President of the Women’s Baseball Center in Rockford, Dr. Kat Williams, will be appearing to sign autographs, memorabilia and other keepsake gifts to celebrate the occasion.
The event will take place at the RACVB office, 102 N. Main Street, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.
The Rockford Peaches woman’s baseball team played from 1943 to 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. They played their home games in Beyer Stadium on 15th Avenue in Rockford.
Rockford is also home to the International Woman’s Baseball Center, which is launching a fundraiser to build a $7 million museum and conference center on Seminary Street, across from Beyer Stadium.
The Rockford Peaches’ 75th Anniversary Celebration is a part of the year-long Illinois State Bicentennial that began on December 3rd, 2017.