Rockford Peaches visit Dec. 10

Johnny-O’s Sports, 4403B Center Terrace, Rockford, will host some special visitors Saturday, Dec. 10. A few of the Rockford Peaches, players from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), portrayed in the movie A League of Their Own, will be on hand to sign autographs between 1 and 4 p.m. Look for Ange Armato, Aldine Thomas, Doris Johnson, and perhaps a few others.

John Neal, owner, is holding this grand opening for his new store just west of Colonial Village. His former shop was at 1404 20th St. Visit this new store for sports cards, memorabilia and other great sports-related gift items, including custom framing at reasonable prices. The store highlights the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs and first-place Chicago Bears, as well as autographed items of the Green Bay Packers.

Regular store hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only. Call (815) 226-8428 or (815) 621-9111 for more information.

Neal had met some of the players previously. “I represent Ange, and I do some signings with them. I try to support the women’s League where I can,” he said. “They agreed to come to my shop and do the open house here. I deal in autograph memorabilia and sports-related items, custom framing supplies, and I meet a lot of different players, here in Rockford or Chicago.”

He also was pleased to say, “We are being sponsored by Upper Deck, one of the largest trading card and memorabilia companies in the world.” He said people can join for a small membership fee.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2005, issue

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