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New additions at Rockford's Beyer Stadium, home of the Rockford Peaches

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You might remember the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own". The movie featured a fictional version of the real team, a part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that existed from 1943 until1954.  The actresses took on roles of players, just like Lou Sauer. She played for the Rockford Peaches as a starting pitcher in 1949 and 1950.

"In 1948 I received a letter from Chicago from Mr. Wrigley, he was footing the bill for all the ball players, inviting me to come down there for a tryout, and I showed the letter to my folks and they said go for it," said Rockford Peaches starting pitcher Lou Sauer.

Sauer tried out at 19, with little experience.

"All I had done was shag balls for men's baseball team, which I had an uncle on two different teams," said Sauer.

The manager asked her to try out and she kept the news clipping from her first game.  The next season she joined the Peaches at Beyer Stadium.

More than six decades later Beyer Stadium gets a breath of new life.  Renovations like a new dugout and sidewalks continue the revival of women's baseball, just in time for the next "League of Their Own" to take the field the Rockford Starfires.

"This is where we play and its great!  Its an honor to be able play on this field," said Rockford Starfires member Caressa Nolen.

This is her first season with the Starfires. She said its exciting to see members of the Rockford Peaches return for their games.

"Women's baseball is really popular overseas and on the east and west coast of the United States, so we need to bring it back to the Midwest. Steve and I started the Rockford Starfires three years ago," said friends of Beyer Stadium organizer and Rockford Starfires coach Greg Schwanke.

"These three years that i played ball i wouldn't trade for anything in the world," said Sauer. "Just to be here in this atmosphere its just like being home again."

The Rockford Starfires will have a tournament at the stadium Labor Day weekend.
 

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