Diversity in Your Community: Dedication of Beyer Field

Last month we highlighted a brief history of the Rockford Peaches and their major role in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940’s. Click here to read the post.  Just last week, The Friends of Beyer Stadium (Beyer Stadium is where the Peaches played their home games) and the Rockford Park District have announced a Beyer Field Dedication event at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Beyer Field, 333 15th Ave. in Rockford.

According to a press release issued by The Friends of Beyer Stadium, the event is being held to celebrate the recently refurbished Beyer Field ball diamond. Enhancements will include the installation of a new baseball diamond, historically-accurate backstop and scoreboard. Invitations have been sent to more than 400 former All-American Girl Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) players to attend the dedication event.

Built in 1925, the stadium was used for high school football games and other events. Between 1943 and 1954, Beyer Stadium was home to the Rockford Peaches and was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.” In 1992, the stadium was demolished to create more athletic fields for Beyer school.

About the “Friends of Beyer Stadium” Group
1997 – The Rockford area Jaycees created an endowment through the Rockford Community Foundation. As per the endowment, funds earned from interest on the principal would help maintain and enhance Beyer Field.

1998 – The “Friends of Beyer Stadium” group was formed with a goal of restoring the baseball field at Beyer Park.

2000 – 2009 – Interest from the endowment funded various maintenance projects at the park, including: fence repairs, re-grading seeding, ticket booth restoration and the completion of a site plan based on input given by the Friends Group.

Beyer Stadium Background
1925 – Beyer Stadium was a fundraising effort undertaken by the Kiwanis organization. The stadium and site on 15th Avenue was accepted by the Rockford School District and included concrete stands with wooden bleacher seating and a football field surrounded by an all-weather track. Because this was the first lighted football field in the area, the stadium became Rockford’s premiere sports venue.

1948 – The stadium was named after Charles A. Beyer, Rockford High School’s football, track and basketball coach.

1943 – 1954 – Home stadium for the “Rockford Peaches” AAGPBL team.

1960s – Field was home to four high school teams and numerous junior high teams; more than 40 football games were played each fall.

1992 – The stadium was demolished to create more athletic fields for Beyer School.

Friends of Beyer Stadium Donations
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law; make checks payable to:
CFNIL (Community Foundation of Northern Illinois) In memo field: “Beyer Field Restoration Fund”
Mail checks to: Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
946 N. Second St.
Rockford, IL 61107

For more information, contact Greg Schwanke at 815-979-2899 or blasterpainter3@hotmail.com.


~ by Mika Doyle on April 5, 2010.

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