‘A League of Their Own’ Team on 30 Year Anniversary – The Hollywood Reporter

When A league apart created 30 years ago on July 1, 1992, it was not expected to be a success.

Director Penny Marshall, stepping out of Big (1988) and Oscar nominee alarm clocks (1990), watched a PBS documentary about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, launched in the 1940s, and sent the doc to Lowell Ganz, co-creator of her sitcom Laverne and Shirley and a baseball fanatic. With his contract with Fox expiring, Marshall made it clear to interested studios that Leaguefocusing on fictional AAGPBL players, would be his next image.

THR hailed the film as a “scruffy charmer”. Amazon is set to launch a new “League” series on August 12.
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“I don’t know how excited all the studios were about making a women’s baseball movie, but they were very excited about Penny,” said Ganz, who co-wrote the film with Babaloo. Mandel. THR.

Geena Davis played league star Dottie Hinson, receiver for the Rockford Peaches, alongside co-stars including Tom Hanks as manager Jimmy Dugan and Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell as teammates. Lori Petty, played by Dottie’s younger sister Kit, calls the film “a dream come true” and has fond memories of Hanks.

“His character never plays baseball in the movie, but he was out there knocking us to the ground, playing catch every day,” Petty explains.

The Columbia Pictures film proved to be Hall of Fame-caliber, earning $132.4 million worldwide ($275.8 million today) and landing a line (“There’s No crying in baseball!”) Among AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes. But the debate persists over a pivotal scene – did Dottie intentionally drop the ball at home plate to let her sister score? Davis loves mystery: “I have decided that I will never say what I think happened.”

This story first appeared in the June 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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