Little Cubs Field prepares for home run bonanza

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

Aug. 1, Little Cubs Field in Freeport, Ill., will host a charity home run derby.

Ten charities will compete and take pledges for each home run they can hit in an hour. Pitches will be coming every 4 to 5 seconds, so the home runs will be fast and furious.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, nothing like this has ever been attempted before. So, the charities will also be helping set a world record for most home runs hit on a baseball field in one day.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and is planned to go until 7 p.m. The field is at 1160 W. Empire, Freeport, Ill.

Little Cubs Field has been a great tourist attraction as a miniature replica of Wrigley Field. They also hold little league games and other events at the field every year.

Food and games will be available. In addition, there will be a contest to guess how many home runs will be hit during the contest.

Guesses are being taken now at the gift shop and will be taken up to the start of the event. The person who guesses correctly will get a free rental of the field for them and a group.

The event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, visit

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From the July 21-27, 2010 issue

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