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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Dottie drop the ball in that final play on purpose?
    • Word of God: No, she didn't. (If she did, she wouldn't have been giving tips on her sister's weaknesses.)
  • Base-Breaking Character: Kit. Some people see her as a Passionate Sports Girl and sympathethic unfavorite who overcame being Overshadowed by Awesome, others see her as a whiny, bratty, hostile Ungrateful Bastard who didn't earn her place on the league and treated her sister with contempt even when Dottie did everything she could to make her happy.
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  • Comedy Ghetto: The trailer makes it out to be more of a comedic film when it really isn't.
  • Ending Fatigue: The epilogue is both a CMOH and a Tear Jerker, but it does come off as Padding, especially since it's pretty lengthy.
  • Fridge Brilliance: It may seem like Jimmy was just being nice to Evelyn by not venting at her again for missing the cut-off man, but in actuality, he was just being a manager. One of the jobs of a manager is to adjust his coaching to players on an individual basis, and venting at Evelyn wouldn't help her. You'll notice she gets the message, and at the climax, she hits the cutoff man perfectly.
    • The awkwardness between Jimmy and Dottie before she leaves with Bob and when he later meets him makes a lot more sense given the Deleted Scene of Jimmy and Dottie kissing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Kit scores the winning run in the championship by knocking over Dottie who was blocking home plate. 22 years after this movie, MLB instituted the controversial Posey Rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they possess the ball. However, Dottie had the ball long before Kit was even near the plate (heck, the relay was caught by the cutoff as Kit was rounding third, ignoring the coach's pleas to stop at third).
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    • Jimmy's frustration over not being able to join the army is a bit harder to watch after seeing what happened with Tom Hanks in World War II.
  • Hollywood Homely: Marla, who looks quite cute once she gets a makeover. Kit also, though she's the only person who seems to think this; the general opinion is that while not as beautiful as Dottie, she's still quite pretty. Even the newsreel makes a point of this.
    Newsreel: And then there's [Dottie's] kid sister, Kit, who's as single as they come! Enough concentrated oomph for a whole carload of Hollywood starlets.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • Jimmy's "The 'hard' is what makes it great" speech has since become a popular motivational slogan for sports teams as well as a motto for anyone following their dreams.
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    • "It's the lump three feet above your ass." note 
  • One-Scene Wonder: When a foul ball goes into the segregated black section of a stadium, the woman who tosses it back hurls a mean pitch that impresses Dottie, but alas, the movie takes place four years before Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier.
  • Reality Subtext: Jimmy Dugan was based on real-life future hall-of-famer Jimmie Foxx, who challenged Babe Ruth's home run record by becoming the youngest to reach 500 home runs—a record that stood for over 60 years—until alcoholismnote  derailed his career. The real Foxx was still playing in 1942, but did coach in the AAGPBL in 1952, leading the Fort Wayne Daisies to the playoffs that year, but losing in the first round to the Rockford Peaches. He only managed the women's game for one season.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sharona Fleming learns there's no crying in baseball.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Once you've seen the film and you know that Dottie tells her old teammate that Bob has died, her behavior in the beginning makes a lot more sense. It's clear that she's reluctant to attend the reunion, and her daughter is quite adamant that she go, because she's been depressed over the loss of her husband, which is fairly recent.
  • She Really Can Act: Madonna. Despite having numerous starring roles this supporting role, which she nailed, is arguably her most memorable role.


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