Tom Hanks - Jimmy Dugan
Geena Davis - Dottie Hinson
Lori Petty - Kit Keller (#23,
Anne Ramsay - Helen Haley (#15,
Megan Cavanagh - Marla Hooch
(#32, second base)
Rosie O'Donnell - Doris Murphy
(#22, third base)
Freddie Simpson - Ellen Sue
Gotlander (#1, shortstop/pitcher)
Tracy Reiner - Betty
"Spaghetti" Horn (#7, left field/relief pitcher)
Madonna - "All the Way" Mae
Mordabito (#5, center field)
Bitty Schram - Evelyn Gardner
(#17, right field)
Renée Coleman - (credited as
Alice "Skeeter" Gaspers (#18, left field/center
Ann Cusack - Shirley Baker
(#11, left field)
Robin Knight - 'Beans' Babbitt
Patti Pelton - Marbleann
Wilkinson (second base)
Kelli Simpkins - Beverly Dixon
ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM , UNION ILLINOIS
At the Depot with the Nebraska Zephyr
Bosse Field - 1701 N. Main Street, Evansville,
Cooperstown, New York, USA
Dedeaux Field - 1021 Childs Way, University of
Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Fitzgerald's - 6615 West Roosevelt Road, Berwyn,
Illinois, USA (The Sud's Bucket)
Henderson, Kentucky, USA (uncredited,
Hornville Tavern - 2607 W. Baseline Road,
Evansville, Indiana, USA (Bucket of Suds)
Huntingburg, Indiana, USA
Illinois Railway Museum - 7000 Olson Rd., Union,
Illinois, USA (Nebraska Zephyr train
- Jay Littleton Ball Park - Fourth Street and Grove
Avenue, Ontario, California, USA
- League Stadium - 1st & Cherry Streets, Huntingburg,
- New Harmony, Indiana, USA
- Union, Illinois, USA (studio)
Cantigny home of Robert McCormick
Wheaton, Illinois, USA
(hiring Dugan scene)
- Wrigley Field - 1060 W. Addison St., Lake View,
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petti, Jon Lovitz,
David Strathaim, Garry Marshal, Bill Pullman, and Rosie
In Oregon, Dottie Henson and Kit Keller are
working on the farm. Sisters that do love each other,
except when it comes to baseball. Kit wants to play in
the league but is upset to hear that it is Dottie who is
chosen to play for the AAPGL. (All American Pro Girls
League) Dottie refuses to play unless Kit can come
along. AAPGL was only made because of the World War II
and all of the man were in the war. Along the way to the
stadium they meet Marla Hooch who is a great hitter, but
to most people not the prettiest girl. When they are
going to try out they meet Doris and Mae because Doris
threw a baseball at Dottie who caught it impressing
Doris. They girls find out their new manager is Jimmy
Dugan. Jimmy Dugan drinks a lot and is the worst manager
until Dottie get through to him and he becomes a better
person. Miss Cuthbert makes sure the rules are followed,
no boys, no drinking or smoking until Mae poisons her
meal. The girls go to party and Marla who had been
overlooked a lot is noticed by a guy named Nelson.
Dottie's husband Bob is in the army and when news comes
that a man in the army has been killed it turns out to
be Betty Spaghetti. After awhile, Kit feels that once
again like at home she is behind Dottie's shadow. Dottie
notices it to and asks to be transferred to another
team. Of course Mr. Lovitz doesn't want the best player
to be transferred so he has Kit transferred to Racine.
Kit feels that Dottie did this on purpose. Kit plays for
the Racine while Dottie plays for Rockford. In the final
scene Dottie is crashed into by Kit and she drops the
ball, letting Racine win, making Kit have her own
stardom instead of being in Dottie's shadow. The girls
have a reunion and they remember the fun they had
Summary written by SilverMoonSparkling
The Most Famous Quote from the Movie!
Dugan: Evelyn, could you come here for a second?
Which team do you play for?
Gardner: Well, I'm a Peach.
Dugan: Well I was just wonderin' why you would
throw home when we got a two-run lead. You let the tying
run get on second base and we lost the lead because of
you. Start using your head. That's the lump that's three
feet above your ass.
[Evelyn starts to cry]
Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU
CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN
Murphy: Why don't you give her a break, Jimmy...
Dugan: Oh, you zip it, Doris! Rogers Hornsby was
my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigshit.
And that was when my parents drove all the way down from
Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?
Gardner: No, no, no.
Dugan: Yeah! NO. And do you know why?
Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball.
THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!
Jon Lovitz had a more substantial
role, but it was cut.
Debra Winger was originally going to
appear in the film, but backed out when
Madonna was signed. Winger also had
suffered a back injury that forced her
off the film.
Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds in
preparation for his role. He attributed
the weight he gained to a nearby Dairy
The more mature Dottie
and Kit are played by
Lynn Cartwright and
Kathleen Butler, but their voices
are dubbed by
Geena Davis and
characters at the Baseball Hall of Fame,
and seen playing as the credits roll,
are real original players from the
league portrayed in the film.
of the injuries and bruises that are
seen in the film were real injuries that
the actors received during filming.
The Peaches played at
Beyer Stadium in Rockford, Illinois. No
place in Rockford could actually be used
in the movie because of Beyer Stadium's
state of disrepair. It was eventually
condemned, all that is left of the
stadium is the original archway and a
sign about the Peaches.
Tom Hanks' character, Jimmy Dugan,
is loosely based on real-life baseball
slugger Hack Wilson.
Director 'Marshall, Penny' cast her
Tracy Reiner as Betty Spaghetti and
Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey.
k.d. lang was supposed to be in the
film but backed out due to her recording
To lighten the mood on
the set in between takes,
Geena Davis suggested that the cast
perform songs from "Jesus Christ
Tom Hanks was assigned the role of
Ellie Cornell had originally landed
a role in the film but had to back out
after learning she was pregnant.
Actresses auditioning for the film had
to prove they could play baseball as
well. All the actresses cast in the film
apart from Davis did their own baseball
stunts. None of the performers wanted
scenes on the train and at the railroad
depot were filmed at the Illinois
Railway Museum in Union, Illinois. The
passenger train seen in the film is part
of the museum's collection.
Madonna's stand-in was
Melissa Totten, who has performed as
a Madonna impersonator in the Las Vegas
stage show Legends In Concert for many
Moira Kelly was originally signed on
to play the role of Kit, but she hurt
her ankle while filming
The Cutting Edge .
Madonna co-wrote the theme song for
the film "This Used To Be My Playground"
for which she was nominated for a Golden
Kelly Candaele was one of the
writers for this movie. His mother
played in the league portrayed in the
movie. Also, Kelly's brother, Casey, was
a major league infielder from 1986
through 1997. His best season was 1991
(right before the movie was released)
when he collected 121 hits and 50 RBI
for the Houston Astros as their usual
starting second baseman.
David L. Lander, who has an
uncredited role as a game announcer, is
a real-life baseball fanatic who later
became a scout for the Anaheim Angels.
He is also a veteran of director 'Penny
Laverne & Shirley series.
Harvey's house in Illinois is an actual
house that was originally owned by
Robert R. McCormick, a colonel in
the Big Red One, the first Infantry, in
WWII. He was also the owner and
publisher of the Chicago Tribune for
decades. His home is now a museum along
with a museum dedicated to the Big Red
Geena Davis joined the production as
a late replacement for
Debra Winger, it was only days
before filming was due to start. She was
somewhat disadvantaged in that the cast
had been baseball training for months
beforehand. Davis's character was
supposed to be one of the greatest
female baseball players in America.
Within weeks, however, Davis had
mastered the game and was regularly
beating all her co-stars.
When announcing the game the Peaches
L. Lander) uses the phrase "Oh
Doctor!" during an exciting play. This
phrase was made popular by 1940s and 50s
Brooklyn Dodgers announcer
scene where Betty Spaghetti learns her
husband died took three days to film.
The red-orange house
that was used as the team hotel (for the
scene where Dottie leaves the team) was
on sale for $60,000 when it was used for
filming. It is located in Henderson,
For the famous split
Geena Davis had to have a stunt
double slide into the split. Although
Davis could do the splits, as shown, she
couldn't slide into it.
Rockford-Racine World Series game was
filmed when it was over 100 degrees
During the filming of
the World Series games, the stars would
take turns entertaining the unpaid
Tom Hanks would do puppet shows over
Rosie O'Donnell did stand-up comedy
and various actors pretended to be
Madonna and sang her songs after the
singer balked at performing for the
Geena Davis auditioned in
Penny Marshall's backyard.
"strawberry" bruise that
Renée Coleman received on her thigh
while sliding into a base remained on
her for over a year.
Lori Petty was, in reality, a faster
Geena Davis, and had to run slower
while appearing she was running at full
The bar scene where the
girls sneak away for a night on the town
was originally to be filmed at a local
bar/restaurant in Evansville, IN called
The Hornet's Nest. However, the owners
of the Hornet's Nest decided to
undertake spontaneous renovations in
preparation for the filming, and the
production decided the changes didn't
fit with the setting they were going
for, and found a new location to film
the bar scene.
Rockford Peaches home field in the movie
was filmed in Huntingburg, Indiana. The
stadium was completely renovated and
named League Stadium after the movie
crews left. In the movie you can see a
barn in the background. The barn was
actually only two-sided and covered a
movie's line "There is no crying in
baseball." was voted as the #54 movie
quote by the American Film Institute
(out of 100).
home games for the Racine Belles were
filmed at Bosse Field in Evansville
Indiana. They retrofitted the entire
stadium to look as it did in that era.
The "Support the Racine Belles" signs
still are on display today. The stadium
is now used by the Evansville Otters, a
Frontier League baseball team, and the
ball girls wear the Belles uniforms.
Although she is
Bitty Schram throws and bats
right-handed in the film.
Madonna was miserable, based upon a
handwritten letter she wrote to
photographer Steven Meisel. "I cannot
suffer any more than I have in the past
month, learning how to play baseball
with a bunch of girls (yuk) in Chicago
(double yuk). I have a tan, I'm dirty
all day, and I hardly ever wear make up.
Penny Marshall - Lavern (sic) - Geena
Davis is a Barbie Doll, and when God
decided where the beautiful men were
going to live in the world, he did not
choose Chicago. I have made a few
friends but they are athletes, not
actresses. They have nothing on the
house of extravaganza. I wish I could
come to N.Y."
storyline was inspired by the career of
Dottie Collins who pitched 17
shutouts during her six-year career.
During WW2 Collins played for the
All-American Girls Professional Baseball
In the Hall of Fame
scene, New York state trooper David
Harding was an extra, playing one of
Kit's adult sons. Within months of the
shooting, he was indicted for falsifying
evidence in several cases, including a
1989 multiple murder in Ithaca.
film depicts the AAGPBL's 1943 World
Series as being between the Racine
Belles and the Rockford Peaches. The
Belles actually played the Kenosha
Comets in the '43 World Series.
the Peaches leave the locker room for
the first game of the World Series,
Jimmy says to the replacement catcher,
"You're killing me, Alice, you're
killing me." Hanks is paraphrasing one
of the most famous sports quotes,
"They're killing me, Whitey, they're
killing me," said by Buffalo Bills coach
Lou Saban to an assistant. (Saban
actually said, "They're killing me out
there, Whitey," but the quote is
frequently repeated with "out there"
Brooke Shields was offered the lead
female role, but after the writer's
strike in 1988, Shields was written out,
to be replaced by
Debra Winger. However, Winger also
backed out, and the part then went to