A League of Their Own is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Penny Marshall and produced by Elliott Abbott and Robert Greenhut. The screenplay was written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and is based on the story by Kelly Candaele and Kim Wilson.
Rated: PG (movie contains language)
Run Time: 2h 8min
Release Date: July 1, 1992 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director: Penny Marshall
Studio: Universal Pictures
Budget: $40 Million
Box Office: $132.4 Million
A League of Their Own stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty, Megan Cavanaugh, Tracy Reiner, Anne Ramsay, Jon Lovitz, Freddie Simpson, Ann Cusack, Bitty Schram, Garry Marshall, Patti Pelton, Bill Pullman, Tea Leoni, Renee Coleman, David Strathairn, Harry Shearer and Eddie Jones.
A League of Their Own is the story about two sisters, Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty), who live in a small town in Oregon and compete with each other for everything. In addition, both women play on the local softball team sponsored by Lukash Dairy with Dottie playing catcher while her younger sister Kit is the pitcher on the team.
During World War II, most of the able bodied men have been shipped overseas to to fight the war while the women who are left behind are tasked with filling the jobs left vacant by the men. Moreover, as a way to boost morale, a well-known candy mogul and MLB team owner, Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall), contrives the idea to create a professional baseball league for women; both to keep the sport alive and to make a buck or two while entertaining the fans during wartime.
Scouts are sent all over the country to find women players to populate the newly formed league and as Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) passes through Wilamette, Oregon, he discovers Dottie who is a top notch player on a co-ed fastpitch softball league. When approached to play, Dottie is offered a tryout for the upcoming league but she is not interested in joining but explains that Kit is a great pitcher. After considering his options, Ernie offers Kit a tryout but only if Dottie attends too and she eventually gives in.
After the tryouts, women are chosen and split into four teams with sixteen players on each team. Meanwhile, Dottie and Kit both end up on the same team, the Rockford Peaches, who will play in Rockford, Illinois. Walter Harvey enlists Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), a former MLB star who left the league due to alcohol related issues, to manage the newly formed team to give the league a name to cheer for while the women play. Meanwhile, the sisters struggle to help the league succeed while battling with their own growing personal rivalry.
“Careers and higher education are leading to the masculinization of women, with enormously dangerous consequences to the home, the children, and our country. When our boys come home from war, what kind of girls will they be coming home to? And now the most disgusting example of this sexual confusion: Mr. Walter Harvey of Harvey bars is presenting us with women’s baseball. Right here in Chicago, young girls plucked from their families are gathered at Harvey Field, to see which one of them can be the most masculine. Mr. Harvey, like your candy bars, you’re completely… nuts.” – Maida Gillespie
“Uh, Lord, hollowed be Thy name. May our feet be swift; may our bats be mighty; may our balls… be plentiful. Lord, I’d just like to thank You for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she is – she kept calling Your name. And God, these are good girls, and they work hard. Just help them see it all the way through. Okay, that’s it.” – Jimmy Dugan
“Great game, Jimmy. I especially liked the move in the seventh inning when you scratched your balls for an hour.” – Ira Lowenstein
“Well, bite my butt and call me an apple! She nearly took her head off!” – Stadium Announcer
Official Movie Trailer
Geena Davis as Dottie Hinson (C)
Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan
Lori Petty as Kit Keller (P)
Madonna as Mae Mordabito (CF)
Rosie O’Donnell as Doris Murphy (3B)
Megan Cavanaugh as Marla Hooch (2B)
Tracy Reiner as Betty Horn (LF / P)
Bitty Schram as Evelyn Gardner (RF)
Ann Cusack as Shirley Baker
Anne Ramsay as Helen Haley (1B)
Freddie Simpson as Ellen Sue Gotlander (SS / P)
Renee Coleman as Alice Gaspers (LF / C)
Jon Lovitz as Ernie Capadino
Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey
David Strathairn as Ira Lowenstein
Patty Pelton as Marbleann Wilkenson
Bill Pullman as Bob Hinson
Tea Leoni as Racine 1B
Harry Shearer as Newsreel Announcer
Eddie Jones as Dave Hooch