The heartfelt, wildly entertaining, and downright hilarious baseball movie “A League of Their Own” recently turned 27 years old. Katie Baker wrote an outstanding retrospective 2 years ago for the Ringer detailing its legacy and impact and I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t. I’m not sure what made me think about the film other than the fact that it just pops into my mind fairly often because it made a big impression on me as a kid. Maybe it was the feature from the other day about Angie Mentick and her Colorado Silver Bullets baseball playing days that also got me thinking about the lack of support and infrastructure for women’s baseball post-World War II.
I saw ALOTO at the Puyallup Cinemas (RIP) with my whole family in 1992. It became one of our favorite and most quoted movies, especially beloved by my mom who was a huge fan of both Tom Hanks and Rosie O’Donnell, and it was one of the few movies we’d rent multiple times from the local video store over the years.
The director and champion of the film, Penny Marshall, sadly passed in 2018. She had a hugely successful and long career in TV and movies, from starring in “Laverne & Shirley” to becoming a producer and director of movies like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Big,” but “A League of Their Own” still stands out as Marshall’s biggest, most influential, and personal hit film.
If you’ve never seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend seeking it out. If it’s been many years since you saw it, I think you’ll be surprised as to how well it holds up. Marvel at it’s absolutely flawless casting of Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, some peak Jon Lovitz, and even Bill Pullman. From Hanks’ long visit to the urinal to the reunion scenes, it’s all just so good.
With that, here’s your prompt:
Tell us about your favorite moment, scene, or character from “A League of Their Own”
Submit your answer as a FanPost and we’ll front page the best responses over the weekend, bonus points for including video clips and/or photos you can find. Getty Archives had some doozies from the premiere parties, hence the peak 90’s header photo of besties Madonna & Rosie.
Anyways, I know this has nothing to do with the Mariners, but I think everyone could use a break from thinking about tanking, openers, and 2021 projections, and just marinate a bit on the joy of baseball when it’s at it’s best, most pure, and inclusive, even if that’s only in theory or in rose-tinted memories.