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Get Autographs from Shirley Burkovich and Maybelle Blair!
Posted by Rockford Buzz
Posted on October 27, 2021
Original players from the AAGPBL, Shirley Burkovich and Maybelle Blair, who dazzled WWII crowds of spectators in the 40s and 50s, will be in Rockford for autograph signings ahead of the Hard Rock Casino opening in early November! Both women are ambassadors for the International Women’s Baseball Center (IWBC).
The public can catch them at three separate events benefiting the IWBC. The first appearance is Saturday, Oct. 30, 3 pm to 5 pm, at the Cherry Valley Market, 125 Walnut St., Cherry Valley, IL in conjunction with the Halloween Parade planned for downtown. The second appearance is Sunday, Oct. 31, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Crimson Ridge, 735 N. Perryville Rd. These autograph signing events are free to the public. SPoRT Apparel and Collectibles which is hosting the players will have 1948 Peaches vintage style red caps and Peaches logo leather baseballs available for purchase along with complimentary postcards suitable for autographs.
The third appearance requiring a $50 ticket to attend IWBC’s A Place of Their Own Capital Campaign Launch Celebration will take place Monday, Nov. 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Standard, 214 E. State St. Tickets for this event will be available at the door and can be purchased ahead of time at Taco Betty’s, 212 E. State St., or on Eventbrite. Special A Place of Their Own campaign leather baseballs will be available for purchase and the players replica baseball cards will be free for autographs.
Burkovich is a former infielder, outfielder and pitcher who played for the Rockford Peaches from 1949 to 1951. She signed to play at age 16 and was nicknamed “Hustle” for her boundless intensity on the field. She is an active collaborator in different projects for the AAGPBL Players Association.
Blair, affectionately known as “Mae”, is a former pitcher who played in 1948 for the AAGPBL and National Women’s Softball League in Chicago in the early 1950s. She travels the United States speaking on behalf of women’s baseball. She has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning and Drew Barrymore Show, and NBC’s Today Show.