Roscher: All-girls baseball teams find a future of their own at national tournament

From SABR member Liz Roscher at Big League Stew on August 9, 2017, with mention of SABR member Justine Siegal:

It was 6:30 p.m., but the sun was still hot and bright. A crowd had gathered at Rockford’s Beyer Stadium, waiting for something to start as familiar baseball diamond dust swirled in the air.

A sudden cheer rose up from the far side of the field and the parade began.

Holding team banners and homemade signs with slogans like “GIRL POWER,” 200 baseball-playing girls began marching around the field, trodding on the baselines of history. They were here for Baseball For All’s 2017 National Tournament, the largest all-girls baseball tournament in the country. Fittingly, the girls were walking on the same field that the trailblazing Rockford Peaches had once called home.

It was no mistake that Baseball For All’s third-ever tournament was being held in Rockford. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of the film “A League of Their Own,” a fictionalized account of the real life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the Rockford Peaches, one of the AAGPBL’s original teams. The movie mostly used Bosse Field in Evansville, Ind., for filming, but the real Peaches played their home games at Beyer Stadium.

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Originally published: August 9, 2017. Last Updated: August 9, 2017.