A League of Their Own

Synopsis: 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 grabs
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Penny Marshall
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

- Come here, Bobby.

- Come on. Give me...

You might need that.

Where'd you find this?

It was in one of those cartons.

- Needs oil.

- Who doesn't?

You ready?

- I'm not going.

- Mom!

I already got two children,

I don't need a third.

Why is it so important that I go?

Well, for one thing, it'd be nice

if you just left the room.

Besides, these are your old friends.

They probably won't even

remember me.

The "Queen of Diamonds,"

Dottie Hinson?

I just don't think this is a good idea.

Oh, come on, Mom. I mean,

you're gonna get to see Aunt Kit.

- You hardly ever see each other.

- We still won't.

She'll be traveling around

with that husband of hers.

- Frank. He has a name.

- Frank.

And he's always been

very nice to you.

He makes me nervous.

- There's a lot of reasons why I can't go.

- Mom.


...l'm not comfortable about this.

I'm not really part of it.

It was never that important to me.

It was just something I did.

When are you gonna realize how

special it was, how much it all meant?


Yeah. I know how you feel.

I really do.

But you're going.


- A car, a train, a bus. I'm tired already.

- Sleep on the plane.

- Grandma's out. Is there a fire?

- Wisenheimer.

Julie next door is watching you.

I don't want any bad reports.

- Okay. Bye, Grandma.

- Bye.

Jeffrey, come here.

No matter what your brother does,

he's littler than you are.

Give him a chance to shoot. Promise?

- Yeah.

- Okay.

Bobby, come here.

Kill him.

Come on, you'll miss your plane.


Well, I still think I shouldn't go.

Get a hit, Beans!

I'm coming, Mae! I'm coming!

This week in the world of sports.

With the boys overseas

and off to war...

...baseball pitches in

for the war effort.

Trading bats for bullets,

Yankee Joe DiMaggio...

...promises to give

those Nazis a jolt.

Ace fireballer Bob Feller...

...has traded Cleveland gray

for Navy blue.

Baseball's biggest stars say:

"Look out, Mr. Hitler.

The Yanks are coming."

Not to mention the Indians,

Red Sox and Tigers.

And they won't come back

till it's over, over there.

Meanwhile, Chicago club owner

Walter Harvey, the candy-bar king...

...met with other team owners at the

Harvey Mansion as rumors persist...

...that baseball may be shut down

for the duration of the war.

Harvey's promotional whiz kid,

Ira Lowenstein...

...has been given the job of figuring

out how to keep baseball going.

Good luck, Mr. Lowenstein.

Strike 2!


- Hey, fatso!

- Come on!

Get the hell out of the way!

What are you, crazy?

Strike 3!

Kit! Kit!

- Sis, don't swing at that high pitch.

- I can hit it.

- You can't.

- I can.

This bat's too heavy.

You'll never get it around.

I will!

Kit, Kit. Listen. There's a big hole

on the right side. Don't look.

- Unless she pitches inside, pull it.

- I know.

Batter up!

No high ones.

I like the high ones!

- Mule!

- Nag!

Come on, one more.

Easy out, easy out.

Come on, Kit.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Right in here, right here.

Strike 1!

Strike 2!

Too high. No.

All right, Kit. Look it over!

Look it over there!

Strike 3!

All right, two out, everybody.

That's two away!

- Better luck next time!

- Come on, Dottie!

- Knock it out of here!

- Okay, Dottie!

Two outs. Batter up!


- You can do it.

- Play ball.

Right in here, Becky.

Bring them in, bring them in!

Bring them in there, Dottie!


- Keep your eye on it, Dottie!

- Come on, Becky.

Come on, Dottie! One hit and we win!


That's it, Dottie! You did it!


That's the ball game!

Dottie, Dottie, Dottie.

That was a swell hit. Good job!

Hey, Kit! What are you swinging

those high ones for?

Good thing your sister bailed you out.

How about the two bucks you owe me

for this game?

Kit! Wait up, I'll give you a ride!

- Would you stop kicking the rocks?

- I'm sorry.

- That game just made me so mad.

- Kit, we won. Get mad if we lose.

That last pitch was

right down the middle.

If I'd have swung at that,

I'd be the big hero.

- You got me so crazy...

- All I said was lay off the high ones.

"Good thing your sister

bailed you out, Kit."

"Kit, why don't you get your sister

to teach you how to hit?"

"Why can't you be beautiful

like your sister?"

What idiot said that?

No one.

- But that's what they were thinking.

- No, it's not!


You ever hear Dad

introduce us to people?

"This is our daughter Dottie.

This is our other daughter,

Dottie's sister."

Should've just had you

and bought a dog.

- Mitch Swaley likes you.

- He's one step up from dating pigs.

But an important step.

- Why are you walking so fast?

- Why are you?

- Because you are.

- Can't even let me walk faster than you?


Girls, you got chores to do.

Don't run! You'll scare the chickens!

I don't have time for these games.

- Why are you running?

- You can run faster.

Your legs are longer.

- I win!

- Barely.



Hey, yourself.

Doesn't that hurt them?

It doesn't seem to.

It would bruise the hell out of me.

Who are you?

I'm Ernie Capadino, baseball scout.

I saw you playing today.

Not bad, not bad.

Ever hear of Walter Harvey?

Harvey Bars?

You know, the candy?

Yeah, we feed them to the cows

when they're constipated.

He's starting

a girls' baseball league...

...so we can make a buck

while the boys are overseas.

Wanna play?

Nice retort. Tryouts are in Chicago.

It's a real league, professional.

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Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. more…

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