Women's Baseball Returns to Rockford and Kenosha
Joyce (Hill) Westerman, Kenosha baseball hero from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, appeared on Aug. 10,2012, at The Kenosha, WI Public Museum as part of a Tribute to Women in Baseball and a free showing of the movie, “A League of Their Own”.
Joyce, now 86, played for eight years in the AAGPBL. Her biography, “Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero,” was recently published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. and can be viewed under her profile on this website.
After meeting the real-life baseball hero, the crowd stayed at the museum for the Movie Night: “A League of Their Own”. After meeting the Joyce a “Real player from the Kenosha Comets, from the Real Women's Baseball League of the 40's and 50's, watching the movie based on the All American Girls Professional Baseball League was like being a part of the story for those who attended and they will likely remember the movie forever, having had the opportunity to meet one of the Legendary Ladies in person.
The girls baseball weekend continued with a re-creation of an AAGPBL game as the Kenosha Comets took on the Rockford Peaches on Sunday, Aug.12, on the field newly renovated Rockford Peaches original Baseball field, just East of the museum. The women of the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League honor the women of the AAGPBL by playing recreational competative softball games throughout the Midwest. These women dawn authentic tunic uniforms and play for the love of the game and to keep the story of The All American Girls Professional Baseball League alive as well as provide encouragement for future young girls who have been inpired by the league and the movie to participate and “play ball!
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