Press Pass: A League of Their Own

Watch A League of Their Own with Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom!

Even in the 70th anniversary year of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, there’s still no crying in baseball! Join Chicago Tribune all-stars Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom for a look at the 1992 summer classic, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Madonna and a whole squad of other power-hitting Hollywood stars. A discussion of the film with special guests will follow the screening. $15. Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

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Tickets are $15.

A League of Their Own

directed by Penny Marshall starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna in English, English

When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, candy magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Walter Harvey creates a women’s league to make money. The league likes what it sees in catcher Dottie. She is the best player in the league. After tryouts, Dottie, her sister Kit, and other players Marla, Betty Spaghetti, best friends Mae and Doris all make the Rockford Peaches.

The Peaches are managed by Jimmy Dugan, a former marquee Cubs slugger who lost his career due to alcohol. He treats the team as a joke, forcing Dottie to take on his duties. Eventually, Jimmy takes over after clashing with Dottie over an in-game decision.

Over the course of the season, the team and league pick up steam, but Dottie and Kit form an intense sibling rivalry, culminating in Kit being traded to the Racine Belles. The two teams meet in the World Series, with both the game and the sibling rivalry on the line.

The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before. What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before. What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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