The real-life events behind a beloved sports movie were detailed at the Yorkville Public Library on Wednesday, June 27, as a member of the modern-day incarnation of the Rockford Peaches visited to discuss the history behind “A League of Their Own” 75 years after the formation of the original team.
Released in 1992, “A League of Their Own” tells a fictionalized story about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and a real team, the Rockford Peaches – based in Rockford. The film starred Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty, Madonna and David Strathairn.
The popular film inspired last Wednesday’s speaker, Rebecca Tulloch, general manager of the Rockford Peaches Vintage Team, to learn more about the existence of women’s baseball, and eventually to create a “vintage” version of the team.
“I want to continue their story,” Tulloch said. “I’m a storyteller, and I know I don’t know their story perfectly, but I hope that by practicing and trying to remember their story, that we can pass it on.”
During her presentation, Tulloch detailed the foundation of the AAGPBL, and the Rockford Peaches, dispelling several rumors and providing information about the differences between the film and real-life. As Tulloch discussed, in 1943, the AAGPBL actually started out playing 12-inch, underhand, fast-pitch softball, moving on to nine-inch baseball after 12 seasons.
“There are children today ... today’s kids aren’t seeing, ‘A League of Their Own,’” Tulloch said. “We need to keep these stories alive so we don’t forget.”