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->"Are you crying? Are you crying? '''ARE YOU CRYING'''? There's no crying! '''THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL'''!"
-->-- '''Jimmy Dugan'''

As all the best baseball stars went off to fight [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the good war]], something had to be done to get baseball stadiums busy. One man's solution: Create the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This is their story.

To be more concise, ''A League of Their Own'' is a 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall, starring her brother Garry, and featuring Geena Davis, [[Film/TankGirl Lori Petty]], {{Madonna}}, Rosie O'Donnell, Creator/TomHanks and Jon Lovitz. It is a fictionalized telling of the founding of the aforementioned baseball league and its struggles to stay relevant after the war ended. The main focus is the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches, headed by drunkard former baseball player Jimmy Dugan, and Kit and Dottie, two sisters who join the team.

Spawned a [[RecycledTheSeries television adaptation]] on CBS running for [[ShortRunners six episodes]], airing at bizarrely-varying times (somewhere between May and August) throughout 1993.

Not to be confused with the British sports panel show of the same name.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AskAStupidQuestion:
-->'''Jimmy Dugan''': Does he know how good you are?\\
'''Dottie Hinson''': Bob?\\
'''Jimmy Dugan''': No, Hitler. Yes, Bob.
* BigDamnHeroes: Dottie returns just in time for the final game of the world series. [[spoiler:Subverted in that they ''lose''.]]
* BigGame: Game 7 of the World Series.
* BillingDisplacement: Creator/TomHanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna are listed as the three main actors in promotional material, and home video, despite the fact that the characters Dottie and Kit are clearly the main stars, and Lori Petty has a much larger role than Madonna (Although Madonna also contributed the movie's theme, "This Used to Be My Playground").
* BoisterousBruiser: Doris. Makes sense, since she was a bouncer at a strip club.
* BookEnds: The elderly Dottie attending the league's induction into the baseball hall of fame.
* BottomlessBladder: Jimmy subverts this.
** [[OverlyLongGag Eventually.]]
* CallBack:
** The iconic "THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!" rant quoted above comes after Evelyn bursts into tears when manager Jimmy Dugan rips her for missing the cutoff (wo-)man on a throw from the outfield. During the final game of the World Series, she makes the identical error, allowing Racine to score their first run, Jimmy barely contains his rage. She finally gets it right in the climactic scene when she fields the final hitter's base hit deep in the gap and uncorks an excellent throw to the cutoff man, [[spoiler: but Kit's still safe.]]
** Evelyn burst into tears after Jimmy screamed at her, "Start using your head! That's the lump that's three feet above your ass!" Later:
--->'''Jimmy:''' So, let's play hard, let's play smart, use your heads.\\
'''Doris:''' That's that lump three feet above our ass, right, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy:''' [[InsultBackfire Some more prominent than others, there, Doris.]]
** Mae and Doris recognize Dottie by throwing a ball at her. She catches it barehanded - exactly like when they first met.
* CaptainObvious: Jon Lovitz' recruting agent, to Kit and Dottie.
--->'''Ernie:''' They'll pay you seventy-five dollars a week.\\
'''Kit:''' We only make ''thirty'' a week at the dairy.\\
'''Ernie:''' Well then, this would be more, wouldn't it?
* ChickFlick: or rather, a {{Deconstruction}} of the very term.
* ChewingTheScenery: It's a sign of Penny Marshall's underrated directorial skill that she not only gets great performances from Hanks, Davis and Petty, and from all the supporting characters, but even from Rosie O'Donnell and Music/{{Madonna}} -- but even Ms. Marshall couldn't stop Ms. Ciccone from going for the Best Supporting Actress statuette ''once'':
** "And what am I supposed to do, huh? Go back to taxi dancin'? Ten cents so some slob can sweat gin all over me? I'm never doin' that again! So you go back there and you tell ol' rich Mr. Old Chocolate Man that he ain't closing ME down!"
* {{Confessional}}: "That's the second time he's dropped that bible[...] Mae, what'd you say?" "[[AnythingThatMoves Everything]]."
* CynicalMentor / ObsoleteMentor: Jimmy Dugan.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ira Lowenstein has some good moments:
** "That was some good coaching. I particularly liked that play in the fifth inning where you scratched your balls for an hour"
** And, in the same scene: "Hey Jimmy if I paid you a little more could you be just a little more disgusting?"
* DeathNotification: One of the girls gets a telegram telling her that her husband was killed in action. The man delivering the telegram [[WhatAnIdiot somehow didn't realize]] that he never bothered to find out which woman on the team was supposed to receive the letter, causing some angst.
* DownToTheLastPlay: Inverted in that it's the [[spoiler: OpposingSportsTeam that wins]] on the last play.
** But played straight initially, as the Peaches were down to their final out, with Racine ahead 1-0, before Dottie's base hit allowed them to take the lead.
* FontAnachronism: The movie is set in 1943. The "Catch A Foul-Get A Kiss" banner is printed in the font "Banco", which was created in 1951.
* GilliganCut: Evelyn asks if she can take her son on road trips, saying, "He's the sweetest little boy. Everyone's just going to love him!". Sure enough, the next shot is of the little brat running through the bus screaming his head off.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Dottie and Kit in the worst way.
* GreenEyedMonster: Kit towards Dottie somewhat.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mae. Not a prostitute, but a former taxi dancer (which was close enough back in those days) and implied to be promiscuous. Other than that, she's clearly a good person--fiercely loyal to and protective of her best friend Doris, teaches Shirley to read, helps Marla and Kit pretty themselves up, consoles Dottie after the World Series loss, is a great ball player, and for all her flirting and sleeping around, is never once seen to be pursuing any of the other girls' men.
* IChooseToStay: Kit stays in the city with some of the other girls at the end, instead of going back to the farm with Dottie.
* [[IAmNotLeftHanded I Am Not Right Handed]]: "Okay, Marla, now hit lefty."
* IWasQuiteALooker: All of the Peaches.
** [[HollywoodHomely Except Marla]]. Unless your name happens to be Nelson.
** And Ellen Sue still is, approaching GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave territory. This is lampshaded by her having "married a plastic surgeon".
* JackieRobinsonStory
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jimmy Dugan
** Also Ernie Capadino, though not the same number of karats.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Kit.
* MeaningfulEcho: Dottie and Kit's argument about hitting high fast balls turns endearing at the end.
* MenDontCry: Or, more precisely, real BASEBALL PLAYERS don't cry, as the page quote states.
* MoodWhiplash: A Western Union Man barges in on the Peaches as they ready for a game [[spoiler: to bring news that one of their husbands has died in the war. But he takes so long in finding out who that Jimmy shoves him out and [[BearerOfBadNews delivers the telegram to its intended recipient, Betty, himself.]]]]
** Whipped back in the next scene, where Dottie is openly weeping in her room, knowing what happened to [[spoiler:Betty]] could have happened to her, too, when the door opens, revealing her husband Bob, discharged after being injured. The joy and relief on Dottie's face is palpable.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Shirley.
-->'''Shirley:''' Her. M - mi - mil - mil - milky, milky. White, white. Milky white.\\
'''Evelyn:''' Mae. What are you giving her to read?!\\
'''Mae:''' Oh, what the difference does it make? She's reading, okay?
* NeverTrustATrailer: The original theatrical trailer made the movie look raunchier than it actually is by focusing on all the sex jokes: Jimmy's prayer about "plentiful balls" and a woman he had sex with in a motel; A sailor asking a player to slide so he can look up her skirt; the young boy who hits on Dottie; Doris asking Mae if there are any men left who haven't seen her bosoms.
* {{Newsreel}}: "Betty Grable has nothing on these gals!"
* NobodyPoops: Averted in the scene where Tom Hanks takes an extraordinarily long pee. It's so long Mae pulls out a ''stopwatch''. "He ain't done yet!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jimmy Dugan represents Jimmie Foxx, who managed the Fort Wayne Daisies in the real league, and Walter Harvey the candy bar magnate founder was inserted in place of P.K. Wrigley, the gum magnate founder of the real league.
* NoExceptYes: Doris tells Mae to not use her bat to hit [[spoiler:an annoying Stillwell]]. She should use Marla's because it is heavier.
* PassionateSportsGirl: Many of the girls, but especially Kit.
* RecycledTheSeries: had a six episode run in 1993 as a half hour SitCom.
* RefusedByTheCall: The league scout has no real interest in Kit. He only recruits her because her older sister won't join without her. This builds up resentment on her part (she had already spent her life in Dottie's shadow) that culminates when the Dottie goes to the bosses saying they just can't play on the same team anymore (hoping to be traded) and accidentally gets her little sister shipped off to another team.
** To be fair, he did change his mind after he felt Kit's bicep. Presumably it was strong enough to make her worth the trouble.
* [[SaveOurTeam Save Our League]]: The league gets off to a slow start, and Harvey starts to think maybe they should just give it up and wait for the war to end. Dottie responds my making a spectacular catch in front of a photographer for ''Life'' magazine, and the Peaches step their game up likewise.
* SiblingRivalry: Dottie and Kit. It doesn't help that everything Dottie tries to rectify the situation makes things ''worse'' [[spoiler:Memorably, when she tells Ira she's thinking of quitting because of the pressures of being on the road, Ira ''trades Kit to Racine''.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Stillwell. His mother's response to calming his rampage down is another candy bar. [[spoiler:He grows out of it.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: Dottie is easily the tallest of the Peaches, and as many of the characters will attest, one of the prettiest
* StayInTheKitchen: A radio commentary plays over the [[TimeCompressionMontage tryout montage]] stating that the league is a gross perversion of women and they should all be ashamed of themselves and go home. Later, when the league is in danger of being shut down, Ira asks Harvey if he just expects them to all go back to their kitchens.
-->'''Ira''': Is that it? Sorry Rosie, put your rivets away and get back in the kitchen?
* TheStinger: During the closing credits, the older ladies play a legends game at Doubleday Field.
* TeamMom: Dottie.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kit and Dottie, and Doris and Mae.
* TheUnfavourite: Kit views herself as this within her family.
-->'''Kit:''' You ever hear Dad introduce us to people? "This is our daughter Dottie, and this is our other daughter, Dottie's sister." Should've just had you and bought a dog!
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Kit does this [[spoiler:as part of an IndyPloy to win her team the championship]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory[=/=]ArtisticLicenseHistory: The real AAGPBL did not play regulation baseball, but rather a sort of baseball/softball hybrid. The ball was larger than a baseball (but smaller than a softball) and the bases were closer together (but still farther apart than a softball diamond). Also, while Racine did win the 1943 World Series, it was a five-game series against the Kenosha Comets, not a seven-game series against the Rockford Peaches.
** Over time the rules would be changed to make the game closer to actual baseball. But the first year, it was closer to softball.
* WrittenInInfirmity: A consequence of Method Acting: None of the actresses wanted a stunt double, so they did many of the stunts themselves. Their injuries were written into the film. So when you see Rosie O'Donnell wearing a knee-brace, or Renee Coleman sporting a bloody bruise the size of a frying pan on her leg, that's because they really hurt themselves. (The bruises the size of frying pans, along with open, seeping wounds, were TruthInTelevision; one player would recount years later how she had to sit in the dugout between innings on what was essentially a hemorrhoid donut for an entire game because the team's chaperone didn't want her to get blood all over her uniform.)
** In the scene where Dottie catches a fast-pitch from Doris bare-handed, one of the real players from the league (and a consultant) claims this was a tennis ball with a baseball skin covering it, to help avoid hurting the actresses unnecessarily.
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-->"[[TheStinger Yesterday, it might've been a ball. Tomorrow, it might be a ball. But today, it's a strike!]]"
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