During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players. One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she's not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they're chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who's now a drunk, is the team manager. But he doesn't feel as if it's a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that ... Written by
While the film seems to suggest that both the American and National League had shut down during the war, this is far from fact. Both leagues filled their rosters by signing life long minor league players, and retired players, and in some cases, teams brought in high school players as well.
The only leagues that were affected by the wars were some of the minor leagues themselves, many were forced to shut down due to lack of players (many that were still around had been declared 4f by the military), and the majority of the minor leagues never resumed play once the war was over. See more »
In the final game, a crowd shot shows a solider in his Class "A's" with service cap stand and cheer. The soldier wears the stripes of a corporal on his sleeve, but on his service cap he wears the eagle cap device of a commissioned Army officer, not the round cap piece of an enlisted soldier. See more »
As the real-life players' scenes play out, the final lines are given to an umpire whose call of "strike" is questioned. He retorts, "This is *my* opinion! Yesterday that might have been a ball, tomorrow that might be a ball, but today it's a strike." See more »
The All American Girls Professional Baseball League Song
Written by "Pepper' Paire Davis' (as Lavone Pepper Paire Davis)
Arranged by Richard Marx (as Richard H. Marx)
Produced by Jerry Abbott
Performed by The Rockford Peaches See more »
I love this film! Seeing Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna in one film is fantastic. Having it directed by Penny Marshall makes it all the better. After I watched it, for some strange reason I felt I'd watched an extended episode of "Laverne & Shirley" but this is great for the comedy!
Tom Hanks was magnificent with all the comic touches that endear him to so many of us.
The older version of Dottie at the beginning and ending of the story is NOT Geena Davis made up to look older - neither are any of the other ladies! An excellent casting decision was made to have older actresses play these parts
Lynn Cartright was chosen to play Dottie (Geena Davis) in her late 60's
and she was a dead-ringer for Geena!
Watch for Tea Leoni (as Racine Belles 1st-base player), Eddie Mekka (Carmine on "Laverne & Shirley" - he dances with Madonna!) and David L. Lander (Squiggy from "L & S" - radio announcer.)
Brings a tear to my eye no matter how many times I watch it - right up there with FIELD OF DREAMS!
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