ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/AP) — Rockford is home to the women’s baseball team that inspired the film “A League of Their Own,” a film which was released on this day, 27 years ago, on July 1st, 1992.
City leaders are working to build a $7 million museum honoring the women of baseball by providing $20,000 to kick off construction of the International Women’s Baseball Center.
The museum, hall of fame and training facility will be located near the stadium where the Rockford Peaches played in the 1940s and 1950s as part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The first phase of the project will build an outdoor pavilion with monuments that resemble baseball cards and honor women involved in the sport.
The first exhibit will be dedicated to Penny Marshall, who directed the film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. It’s expected to be unveiled in September.
The center will announce and unveil eight more exhibits.