First-ever Rockford Peaches cruise

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-112551191111410.jpg’, ”, ”);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11255119948460.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of’, ‘(Top) Hollywoood film A League of Their Own (1992) starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, John Lovitz was inspired by Rockford’s Peaches and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was in existence from 1943 to 1954. (Bottom) The real 1944 Rockford Peaches. Back row: Amy Irene Applegren, Irene Ruhnke, Marie Timm (chaperone), Mildred Warwick, Eileen Burmeister, Jack Kloza (manager), Carolyn Morris, Doris Nelson, Betty Luna, Louella Daetweiler, Millie Deegan. Front row: Dorothy Harrel, Addie Kerrar, Marge Peters, Dorothy Green, Josephine Lenard, Dorothy Kamenshek, bat girl.’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11255120696521.jpg’, ‘image courtesy of’, ‘Replica poster of a 1951 Rockford Peaches game at home schedule, at Beyer Stadium, Rockford (for sale on the Web for $30). Peaches memorabilia and interest have gained in popularity since the 1992 film A League of Their Own resurrected the popularity of Rockford’s own all-female baseball team.’);

Cruise planners showcasing legendary ladies of baseball

Guests sailing aboard Carnival Miracle for the first-ever “Rockford Peach Cruise” will be able to spend exclusive time with approximately 13 of the original Rockford Peaches.

The seven-day Exotic Western Caribbean cruise, which will operate round-trip from Tampa, Fla., Jan. 29–Feb. 5, 2006, will feature informative and exclusive time with these legendary ladies of baseball.

The Rockford Peaches who will participate in this cruise include the following:

Alice Pollitt-Deschaine

(Alice Deschaine)

“Al” was literally the “Rock” at third base for Rockford in her seven-year career. This All-Star led the Peaches to league championships in 1949 and1950, and playoff championships in 1948, 1949 and 1950.

Marie Mansfield (Marie Kelley)

“Boston” pitched and played outfield for Rockford for five years. Her overall pitching percentage was .447 during her career. She played on the1950 Rockford team that won the league and playoff championships.

Dolores Lee (Dolores Dries)

“Pickles” pitched for her three-year career with Rockford. She was voted Rockford’s “Rookie of the Year” in 1953. Her overall pitching percentage was .511 during her career. Pickles was known for throwing two balls simultaneously to two different catchers.

Helen Nordquist (Helen Nordquist)

“Nordie” pitched and played outfield for Rockford for two years. She was an excellent outfielder, and led the league in assists during her rookie season.

Sue Parsons (Sue Zipay)

“Sue” pitched, and played both infield/outfield in her two-year career with the Rockford Peaches.

Lou Erickson (Lou Sauer)

“Lou” pitched for her two-year career with the Rockford Peaches. Her overall pitching percentage was .673. Lou was selected to the All-Star teams in 1949 and 1950, and she pitched in the championship series for Rockford in 1949 and 1950.

Barbara Payne

(Barbara Payne)

“Bobbye” pitched and played infield during her one year with Rockford. This versatile player was able to play all around the bases.

Jean Cione (Jean Cione)

“Cy” pitched, played first base and outfield. During her two years with the Peaches, her overall pitching percentage was more than .500. She made the All-Star game in 1952.

Mary Pratt (Mary Pratt)

“Prattie” pitched for her four-year career with the Rockford Peaches. She pitched a “no hitter” in 1944.

Helen Waddell

(Helen Wyatt)

“Sis” was a utility player (infield/outfield) during her two-year career with the Rockford Peaches, and also contributing to the playoff titles for Rockford in 1950.

Marilyn Jones

(Marilyn Doxey)

“Jonesy” was a pitcher-catcher during her league career. She played catcher in her two-year career with Rockford, helping them win the league championship in 1950. After her trade in 1951, she pitched a “no hit, no run” against Rockford when she played for another team on the league.

Helen Fox (Helen Fox)

“Nickie” pitched her six-year career with Rockford Peaches. Her ERA of 1.89 in her 10-year career never was broken, and she also pitched two “no-hitters” in her career. She played in the All Star games of 1943 and 1944.

Dorothy Harrell

(Dorothy Doyle)

“Snookie” played shortstop in her eight-year career with the Rockford Peaches. Snookie was known as an outstanding shortstop and also was a threat at the plate and an All-Star team member for four years.

Cruise Planners Agent Sarah Charleson says: “I expect that this cruise will be a big hit with all fans of baseball. Thirteen years ago, A League of Their Own was released nationwide, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Garry Marshall in a portrayal of the AAGPBL season with the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches, bringing recognition to the efforts of women in baseball.”

Charleson’s family owns a baseball store in Cooperstown that regularly features a couple of the Rockford Peaches. “People actually come to Cooperstown looking for these ladies; they enjoy the public and talking about their days in baseball. It’s not unusual for them to have a long line of fans waiting for autographs, photos or ask questions,” Charleson says.

Charleson put this cruise together knowing the fans would enjoy spending seven exclusive days with the original ladies of baseball. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

Throughout the week of the cruise, cruise planners and Carnival Cruise lines have put together exclusive photo opportunities, meet and greets, cocktail parties, questions and answers and even a private viewing of the movie that brought their fame to life, A League Of Their Own.

In addition, participants will enjoy life aboard the beautiful Carnival Miracle, which will visit Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize. Cruise fares begin at $746 per person, double occupancy.

Cruise Planners has established itself as one of the most highly professional, reputable, and well-known companies in the cruise industry.

For additional information and reservations, contact Sarah Charleson of Cruise Planners at 1-866-780-9120 toll free, (518) 587-5056 locally or visit her Web site at

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!