ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It was time to play ball out a Beyer Stadium in Rockford, and Saturday marks the first time since 1954 that an inter-league game of women's baseball has taken place on the field.
The city's new women's team, the Rockford Starfires, took on the Chicago Colleens Saturday to kick off their second season. Two members of Rockford’s first women's baseball team, the Rockford Peaches, threw out the first pitches. The field has undergone a major transformation over the last several years so fans and teams can once again enjoy a day at the ballpark.
“It’s great to see this park being used for baseball again, that's the best part of it," says Helen “sis” Waddell, who played on the Rockford Peaches from 1950-51.
“It just brings back so many memories and it’s so wonderful for Rockford having a women’s baseball team again,” adds Charlene O’Brien, a bat girl for the Peaches from 1952-53. “It’s great and I hope everyone comes out and watches them because they’re going to have a good season."
The Starfires lost 13-3. Their next home game is in July. if you want to learn more about the team or the history of the Rockford Peaches and Beyer Stadium: