Episode 105: A League of Their Own


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There’s no crying in baseball! Today on Play Ball: Baseball at the Movies, we’re joined by friend of the show Susan Mangan for the all-time classic, A League of Their Own. Leading off, we walk through the plot (11:44) and discuss the deleted romance subplot between Tom Hanks and Geena Davis (50:05) before we give our reviews (1:15:10) and debate the climactic dropped ball in the final game (1:31:30). Then, on Inside Baseball, we dive into the history of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, or AAGPBL (1:38:00) and name our top 5 women players (1:55:25). We then investigate why women traditionally play softball instead of baseball (2:19:18) and speculate on who could actually become the first woman to play in Major League Baseball (2:41:50). Sliding into home, we rate the film (2:55:22) and preview next week’s episode.

Play Ball: Baseball at the Movies is produced by Paul LeSchofs and Andrew Knopp. Our theme music, Slow Burn, was created by Kevin MacLeod. Our mascot was designed by Yehudi Mercado. Our intro uses clips from the following films from which we do not claim any ownership: Field of Dreams (Universal Pictures), The Natural (TriStar Pictures), Moneyball (Columbia Pictures), The Sandlot (20th Century Fox), Bull Durham (Orion Pictures), and A League of Their Own (Columbia Pictures). Follow us on Twitter @BaseballPodShow and Instragram @playballpodcast.

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