Photo: Women’s baseball returns to Rockford

For the first time since the famed Rockford Peaches last took the field in 1954, Rockford’s Beyer Stadium on 15th Avenue was home to a professional women’s baseball game. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Rockford played host to the 2013 Midwest Women’s Baseball Invitational, with games at Beyer Stadium and Marinelli Field. Pictured, Rockford Starfire pitcher Beth Lang lets fly her fastball to a South Bend Blue Sox player in the opening game of the tournament Aug. 31 at the newly renovated Beyer Stadium. The Starfires, named for a type of peach, would top the Blue Sox 5-4. However, the team would be outslugged 16-15 in its second game. The Starfires hope to make this tournament an annual event and continue to bring in women’s baseball teams from across the country and the world. Learn more at “Rockford Starfires Women’s Baseball” on Facebook. The Rockford Peaches, made famous by the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, played at Beyer Stadium from 1943 to 1954. The team won an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League record four league championships (1945, 1948-1950). (Photo by Jon McGinty)

From the Sept. 4-10, 2013, issue

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