CHICAGO – It was the date of a movie’s release three decades ago on Friday and it served a few purposes for those packing in the theaters.
On July 1, 1992, “A League of Their Own” was released as the latest sports film of the summer, featuring a number of well-known actors traveling 40 years back in time to present the story of the unique professional spot league.
Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty and David Strathairn were among some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters who were featured in the film directed by Penny Marshall. It featured some playful and dramatic moments that happened over the course of a baseball season for the Rockford Peaches.
While the story and characters were created by Hollywood, the competition depicted was not, and many were introduced to a seminal period in women’s sports history.
“A League of Their Own” featured the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started in 1943 by Cubs owner PK Wrigley and continued through 1954. It was one of the first professional leagues with more than 600 women participating in the 15 teams that conquered the field during its existence.
For many, the film’s introduction was about what those athletes were doing at a time when America was in a world war and how the game would continue in the AAGPBL until 1954. The Rockford Peaches, who were in the spotlight in the film, won four of the 12 championships of the competition .
Larry Hawley brought out the film’s release in this edition of #WGNTBT, and you can watch it in the video above.
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