ROCKFORD (WTVO) – The first bit of the International Women’s Baseball Center honors the woman who made the Rockford Peaches a cultural icon, Penny Marshall.
The International Women’s Baseball Center, located across the street from Beyer Stadium home of the Rockford Peaches, is one step closer to being finished. The unveiling was a star studded ceremony full of real former professional women baseball players, and the ladies that played them on the big screen.
The Center will honor people or groups important to women’s baseball history with 9 pylons, and this first one was dedicated to late director Penny Marshall. Marshall was the driving force behind the movie, A League of Their Own, telling the story of the women who literally stepped up to the plate in the 1940’s and 50’s keeping the memory of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League alive.
“Because of the movie A League of Their Own and the impact that that continues to have on girls regardless of sport, we thought it fitting that the first of those pylons, the first installment be a memorial to Penny Marshall.”, President of the International Women’s Baseball Center, Kat Williams said.
Marshall passed away in December of last year.