It has been 60 years since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s players hung up their spikes. Now, a new book profiles one of the league’s greatest, who played for the Rockford Peaches.
WNIJ's Sue Stephens has won first place in the nationwide Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Awards for Best Writing, presented Saturday night in Cleveland OH.
She won the award for her story "Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford," a feature which aired during Morning Edition on August 13, 2012.
The story chronicled the Burpee Museum of Natural History exhibition of guitars and other memorabilia from the collection of Rick Nielsen, founder of the Rockford-based rock band Cheap Trick, and interviews with Nielsen and his son Miles.
Rockford has a long, proud baseball history: it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.
Baseball season is well-underway. For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, that means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime. Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.