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
The film seems to suggest that both the American and National League had shut down during the war, but this is far from fact. Both leagues filled their rosters by signing lifelong minor league players and retired players, and, in some cases, high school players. Some of the minor leagues were affected by the war, and many were forced to shut down for lack of players (many players had been declared 4F by the military). The majority of the minor leagues never resumed play once the war was over. See more »
After they bring out the Peaches for their first game, and announce all of them, they run out on the field. In the background, you can see Rosie O'Donnell trip over a wire and fall down. 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 »
Set at the start of World War 2, Geena Davis and Lori Petty are recruited to the first professional baseball league for women. The sisters struggle to keep the league going against the odds, while their own personal rivalry begins to escalate.
I don't pretend to know much about baseball, so if this element is poor i wouldn't really notice, but i did feel that it was a good setting for the story.
Quite touching and well directed, i was surprised how compelling this movie was. All in all the strong cast and pleasant script makes this a good movie, with a little for everyone.
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