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
When the initial team tryouts are being held in an ivy-walled stadium (obviously Chicago's Wrigley Field) there is a shot of Betty Spaghetti running back to make a catch in the outfield in front of a plywood wall that is clearly from another field. See more »
Until you did that, I couldn't tell if you were... drunk or dead.
It was made very clear to me what I'm supposed to do here. I smile, wave my little hat... I did that, so when do I get paid?
Now, Jimmy, you have some pretty good ballplayers here. You ought to give them a little bit of your...
Ballplayers. I don't have ballplayers, I've got girls. Girls are what you sleep with after the game, not, not what you coach during the game.
If we paid you a little bit more, Jimmy, ...
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Shots of the real AAGPBL old-timers playing baseball. 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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