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A League of Their Own (1992)


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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

A League of Their Own (1992)

In female director Penny Marshall's comedy/melodrama - the history-based yet fictionalized portrayal of the All-American Girls Baseball Players League (AAGBPL) team (from 1943 to 1954), told in flashback:

  • the introduction of the new league's recruited players in 1943 at try-outs held at Harvey Field in Chicago - they had been recruited by Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz); the new players included two farm girls (from Lukash Dairy in rural Oregon): catcher Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and her sister - fast-ball pitcher Kit (Lori Petty), and homely second baser Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), and their immediate confrontation with two bullies from New York: cigarette smoking taxi dancer and center-fielder 'All-The-Way' Mae Mordabito (Madonna) and chubby bouncer and 3rd base player Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Connell); the two New Yorkers urged that they go home and not compete: ("They got over 100 girls here, so, uhm, some of youse are gonna have to go home")
  • the scene of Dottie's nimble one-handed catch of a fast-ball, thrown at her by Doris, causing New Yorker recruits Mae and Doris to exclaim ("Hey. How did you do that?...Did you see that? Jeez. Let's go practice. She caught it with her bare hand!") and start worrying about their competition for the 64 spots to play on 4 teams of 16 players each (the Rockford Peaches, the Racine Belles, the Kenosha Comets, and the South Bend Blue Sox)
  • the humorous scene of boozing, Rockford Peaches manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) loudly peeing into a urinal in the crowded and converted ladies locker room; Doris suggested: "Time him at least....Could be a record" - and one girl exclaimed: "Boy, that was some good peein'!"; afterwards, Dugan stumbled off and ignored one of the players' requests: ("Mr. Dugan. Could you sign my husband's baseball card for me?"), and neglected to tell the players about the team's line-up, so Dottie took charge of establishing the line-up
  • the battle of contradictory signs between Dugan and Dottie when Hooch was at bat, provoking Dugan to complain: ("Hey, who is the god-damn manager here? I am!"), and Dottie fought back: ("Then act like it, you big lush!"); when Hooch hit a long drive, and Kit yelled out: ("Good bluff!"), Dugan responded: ("Yeah, but I still say you're not ballplayers")
  • the scene of manager Dugan's tirade at his soft-spoken female right-fielder Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram) for making a stupid play - she was reduced to tears: ("Which team do you play for?...Well, I was just wondering, 'cause I couldn't figure out why you'd throw home when we've got a two-run lead! You let the tying run get on second and we lost the lead because of you. Now you start usin' your head! That's that lump that's three feet above your ass!...Are you crying?... Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! There's no crying in baseball!...Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigs--t, and that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game! And did I cry?... No! No! And do you know why?... Because there's no crying in baseball! There's no crying in baseball, no crying!"); when the umpire cautioned that Dugan should treat all of his female players like his mother, Dugan insulted him: ("Anyone ever tell you you look like a penis with a little hat on?") and was promptly thrown out of the game
"There's no crying in baseball!"
  • the scene of Dugan leading the players in an unorthodox pre-game prayer, while crouched down on one knee in the locker room: ("Uh, Lord, hallowed be thy name. May our feet be swift. May our bats be mighty. May our balls be plentiful. And, 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. Help them see it all the way through. Okay, that's it. Let's go"); afterwards, they put their hands together for a cheer: ("Go Peaches!")
Dugan's Unorthodox Pre-game Prayer and Cheer
("Go Peaches!")
  • the last game-winning play of the World Series with the Peaches' rival, the Racine Belles (Kit was traded to the team and was the starting pitcher), when Kit hit an infield home-run and was able to run the bases to home plate - where catcher Dottie tagged her sister, but then the ball was dislodged from her hand after their bone-crushing collision - the ball rolled out of her outstretched hand onto the dirt
  • the goodbye reconciliation scene between the two sisters (sibling rivals): Dottie - who was quitting baseball for good and returning home to Oregon with her discharged husband Bob (Bill Pullman) - and her sister Kit on the winning Racine Belles team
  • the end sequence, after the bookended flashback, showing some of the real, now-elderly female baseball players, including Dottie Hinson (Lynn Cartwright), who were inducted at Cooperstown, NY into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988, during the opening of a new All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) exhibit wing - singing the League song, another reunion of Kit and Dottie, and the original Peaches posing for a group photo

(l to r): Kit Hinson, Dottie Hinson, Marla Hooch

(l to r): Bullies Mae Mordabito and Doris Murphy

Dottie's One-Handed Catch

Dugan's Loud Peeing at The Urinal in Ladies Locker Room

Battle of Contradictory Signs Between Dugan and Dottie

World Series: Ball Dislodged From Dottie's Hand During Home-Plate Tag of Her Sister

Goodbye Scene: Dottie and Kit

Induction Ceremony at Baseball Hall of Fame - Cutting of Tape

AAGBPL Exhibits

Singing of League Song


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