Upcoming baseball events

The Kenosha Public Museum is celebrating America’s favorite past time — baseball — with three free events from Friday, August 10th, through Sunday, August 12th.

Meet Joyce Westerman, Kenosha baseball hero from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 10th.  Eighty-six year old Kenosha native, Joyce Westerman played for eight years in the AAGPBL.  Her biography, “Joyce Westerman:  Baseball Hero,” was recently published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.  Join Joyce and her biographer, Bob Kann, as they share Joyce’s story about a Wisconsin farm girl who became a pioneer in women’s sports.  Learn about Joyce’s life growing up during the Depression, working at Nash Motors, playing professional baseball, and more.  Joyce’s can-do attitude in sports and life are guaranteed to inspire.  Westerman’s book is available for purchase at both the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum gift shops.

After meeting the real-life baseball hero, stay at the museum for Free Movie Night:  “A League of Their Own,” at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 10th.  Watch the movie based on the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  It is the 20th anniversary of the film, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell.  Free popcorn will be served.

The girls’ baseball weekend continues with a re-creation of an AAGPBL game as the Kenosha Comets take on the Rockford Peaches at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 12th, in the 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 competitive softball games throughout the Midwest.  The teams play the game as it was played by the AAGPBL during their first season in 1943, with underhand windmill pitching and a 12″ softball.  Weather permitting, the girls plan to play two hours or nine innings, whichever comes first.  Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.  Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

While at the museum, why not take a look at the exhibit, “Home Run! Reggie Jackson and the Original 500 Club,” on display in the Touhey Gallery through October 21, 2012.  This premiere exhibition is the largest private collection of game-used memorabilia from the golden years of men’s professional baseball.  It includes items from heavy-hitting Hall-of-Famers Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, and more.

The Kenosha Public Museum exhibits and the baseball-related events are free and open to the public.

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