Poulisse: Rockford Peaches, women’s baseball a hit at health expo

From Adam Poulisse at the Rockford Register-Star on September 13, 2017:

Megan Cavanagh’s life hasn’t been the same since she graced the silver screen as wide-eyed, broad-shouldered tomboy Marla Hooch in 1992 blockbuster “A League of Their Own,” the film that immortalized the Rockford Peaches.

“I’ll be walking around and people will say ‘Hey, Marla!’ and I know they’re talking to me,” Cavanagh told dozens of people during a presentation at the Lifescape Community Services Senior Expo.

Cavanagh was a special guest at the 54th annual event that connects senior citizens with local health care providers. Last year Lifescape — a Rockford-based agency serving older adults, their families and caregivers in Winnebago, Boone, Whiteside, Carroll, Lee and Ogle counties — announced each expo would have a theme.

This year’s theme, despite taking place on an indoor grass field primarily used for soccer, focused on World War II-era women’s baseball. The Rockford Peaches played ball from 1943 to 1954, the duration of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Read the full article here: http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170913/rockford-peaches-womens-baseballxa0a-hit-at-senior-health-expo

Originally published: September 14, 2017. Last Updated: September 14, 2017.