Honoring the Women of Baseball

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Alex Gary, July 10, 2019.

Pledges will make possible a new museum to honor the women of baseball, announces IWBC.

Rockford Peaches    World’s Prettiest Ballplayers

Rockford Peaches World’s Prettiest Ballplayers




Holiday Magazine    June 1952          Vol.11 No.6


J.L. Clark donates 2,900 commemorative Rockford Peaches tins – May 23, 2018

Source:  The Rock River Times  May 23, 2018  vol. 25 no. 32

Rockford Peaches 75th Anniversary Celebration – May and June 2018

Source: The Market Street Press, May 2018, Vol. 7, Issue 7, page 10






Rockford Peaches and City of Rockford logo, 1945 newspaper photograph

Source: Rockford Register-Republic newspaper, May 28, 1945

Rockford Peaches – from 4-7-2018 Rockford Register Star

Source: Rockford Register Star 4/7/2018; by Adam Poulisse

Blackhawk Bottling Co. – 1919 – 1973

Source: www.eBay.com, 2009     7 oz. glass “soda” bottle, approximately 8″ tall, Blackhawk lettering embossed in glass was for sale on eBay in 2009.     Rockford on eBay – 1

The first newspaper advertising for Blackhawk Bottling began in 1920.

This ad for Atlas Beer bottled by Blackhawk Bottling Co. came from the Rockford Morning Star, May 23, 1920:

The 1927 McCoy’s Rockford City Directory lists the business as:  Blackhawk Bottling Co., (Frank and Joseph Zammuto, owners) 1018 S Main St.

This Rockford Peaches ad from the Rockford Morning Star, May 21, 1946 said the ad was (co-) sponsored by Blackhawk Bottling Co., bottlers of Vess Cola and Bubbleup (Cola).

The 1941 Polk’s Rockford City Directory lists:  Blackhawk Bottling Co. (Joseph and Frank P. Zammuto, owners) Home of Cleo-Cola and Heart O’Orange, Distributors of Edelweiss Beer, Complete Line of Bottled Soft Drinks, 308-310 Morgan St.

In 1960 the company was bottling Hires Root Beer, new to the Rockford market. Rockford Register-Republic, Dec. 1, 1960

On May 29, 1968, an ad appeared in the Rockford Register-Republic, and bottlers and dustributors of Orange Crush, Hires Root Beer, Bubble Up, Squirt, Schweppe’s Water and Vess Cola.

In the Rockford Register Star newspaper of 8/18/1973 the announcement was made by Joseph Zammuto and his niece, Mrs. Angie Cicero, that the company will be sold to Graf’s Beverages, Inc of Milwaukee, Wisc.  The sale was completed in October 1973.






Rockford Peaches, still living, 2017 – photo

Source:  Rockford Register Star 7-28-2017

Front row: L – R, Jeneane Lesko, Maybelle Blair, Ange Armato, Joyce Hill Westerman and Shirley Burkovich.  Photo by Max Gersh.