Journeys of Discovery: The women who saved baseball during World War II

Sep 15, 2018

Correspondent Katya Cengel reports from Rockford, Illinois, where she visits with two women who played baseball for the Rockford Peaches during WW II—chronicled in the Hollywood hit "A League of Their Own."

When the men were away fighting during World War II, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League relied on women to keep the game of baseball alive.

It all began in Rockford, Illinois with the Rockford Peaches. Throughout the war, the league’s inaugural team The Peaches notched the most league championships.

Rockford Peaches Maybelle Blair, 91, and Shirley Burkovich, 85, recall their baseball days as a young generation of female athletes participated in this summer’s national Baseball For All tournament.

Correspondent Katya Cengel, author of "Bluegrass Baseball—A Year in the Minor League Life," is an adjunct professor of journalism at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.

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