This story traces sometimes-hidden trails leading to a pinnacle of sports recognition.
Central Illinois baseball fans join the sports world celebrating native son Jim Thome’s 2018 entry into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Let’s recall another Peoria Illinois native recognized there.
Amy Irene “Lefty” Applegren played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for 9 years. The league, and Applegren’s Rockford Peaches, of A League Of Their Own fame, were recognized in 1988 by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.