How Well Do You Remember A League of Their Own?



By: J.P. Naomi

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"There's no crying in baseball!" There's no crying in this quiz either! We're in the bottom of the 9th. Can you knock this quiz out of the park?

While you might be familiar with the all-male MLB, take a trip to 1992 with the sports comedy, "A League of Their Own." Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna, this film followed a group of women and their manager as they formed their own baseball team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. 

Proving itself to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," this film was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry. Solidifying itself as one of the best films in history, how well do you remember the history of this film? 

Everyone knows that there's no crying in baseball, thanks to Tom Hanks! Who could forget Madonna's transformation from "Vogue" to swinging a baseball bat? While these are all easy to remember, can you remember the real facts? 

What was the name of Dottie's sister? What team did Geena Davis's character play on? Tom Hanks played which character? In the words of Jimmy Dugan, "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it."

Everyone can't pass this quiz, but we want to see if you can! We're in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded. Can you hit a grand slam? Batter up!

What was the name of the newly created, all-women's league?

Part of the theme song for the league said, "Oh we're the members of the All-American League, we come from cities near and far." It was co-written by Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis and Nalda "Bird" Phillips.


"A League of Their Own" focuses mainly on two sisters, Dottie and _______.

Kit is portrayed by actress Lori Petty. Petty was born on October 14, 1963, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


"All the Way" _____ Mordabito is a New Yorker and a taxi dancer.

"All the Way" Mae is at try-outs with her best friend, Doris Murphy. Murphy is a bouncer, also from New York. A taxi dancer is a paid dance partner, by the way.


Which famous actor and celebrity plays the role of Mae Mordabito?

Madonna is not only a singer and songwriter, but she has also made her mark as an actress, businesswoman, author, director, record producer and dancer! She is originally from Michigan.


The role of Doris Murphy is portrayed by this comedian and actress...

Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, in Commack, New York. She now lives in Nyack, New York, and has five children.


Who convinces Dottie to join the women's baseball league, after she is scouted and recruited?

Ernie Capadino believes that Dottie is better than Kit, but if Dottie agrees to join, then he says Kit can join as well. Kit convinces her sister successfully.


Left-fielder Shirley Baker does not know how to do what?

Shirley Baker is portrayed by actress Ann Cusack. Cusack was born on May 22, 1961, in Manhattan, New York. Her role as Shirley Baker was her first career film role.


Ira ________ was in charge of the league. He was responsible to Mr. Harvey and the other owners.

Ira Lowenstein was portrayed by actor David Strathairn. Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949. He made his screen debut in 1980, in "Return of the Secaucus 7."


What is the name of the rather homely second baseman?

Marla Hooch was portrayed by actress Megan Cavanagh. Aside from "A League of Their Own," Cavanagh is also known as the voice behind Judy Neutron in "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."


What is the name of the baseball team that Dottie and Kit are both assigned to?

The Rockford Peaches was a real women's professional baseball team, from 1943 to 1954. The team represented the Rockford, Illinois, area.


Who is the manager of the Rockford Peaches?

Jimmy Dugan iss a former marquee slugger for the Chicago Cubs. He is a drunk and uninterested manager as the team starts off.


Elder sister Dottie is married, with what last name?

Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller are sisters. Dottie is naturally superior to Kit and this frustrates Kit immensely!


Who was the candy mogul and owner of the Cubs, whose idea it was to form a women's league?

Walter Harvey was portrayed by actor Garry Marshall - born Garry Kent Masciarelli on November 13, 1934. He was best known for creating "Happy Days"!


Which famous actor plays the role of Jimmy Dugan?

Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. His films have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide!


What is the name of Evelyn's son who travels with the team?

Stillwell was known to cause some havoc from time to time. Mae Mordabito: "Evelyn. Evelyn. I'm sorry but I have to kill your son!" Doris: "Mae! Mae! Don't use my bat! Use Marla's. It's heavier."


Which position does Dottie Hinson play?

In order to boost the League's image, Dottie does a split while catching a pop-fly behind home plate. This image lands on the cover of "Life" magazine and in turn draws more people in to see the games.


Whose husband is regrettably killed in action in the War?

Betty "Spaghetti" Horn is portrayed by actress Tracy Reiner. Reiner is the daughter of filmmaker Penny Marshall, who is best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on "Laverne & Shirley."


Who was in charge of recruiting players for the women's league?

Ernie Capadino was portrayed by actor Jon Lovitz. Lovitz is best known for being a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985-1990.


"Batter up, hear that call. The time has come for one and all to _________."

This is the start of the girls' league song that they sing in the locker room while they dress and prepare for their games. One of the women plays a small guitar while they sing.


What team is Kit traded to halfway through the film?

Because of Kit's rivalry and jealousy of Dottie, she eventually is traded to the Racine Belles. Kit is furious and Dottie is upset because she actually told the league to trade her, not her sister.


What is the name of the man Marla sings to at the bar?

Nelson is portrayed by actor Alan Wilder. Marla and Nelson are actually married by the end of the film.


How do Dottie and Kit travel to tryouts?

Dottie and Kit make a run for the train in their long skirts. They throw their suitcases and grab hold as best as they can. They are completely winded when they meet up with Ernie. "Did you promise the cows you'd write?"


Actor Eddie Jones plays the father of which character?

As her father, he wants the best for Marla. He apologizes that she doesn't have the prettiest look because her mother passed away and this was all he knew.


Which team wins the World Series in the film?

The Racine Belles win the World Series, thanks to Kit. Kit is the final batter. She ignores the coach's signal from the third baseline and knocks right into Dottie at the plate, who then drops the ball.


The film starts and ends where?

The national Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cooperstown, New York. It was established in 1936.


Which Rockford Peach wrote the song sung by the girls before each game?

Evelyn is portrayed by actress Elizabeth Natalie "Bitty" Schram. She is best known for playing Sharona Fleming in the TV series "Monk."


What does Jimmy throw at Stillwell to get him to be quiet?

Stillwell was taunting the Peaches, saying, "You stink, you're gonna lose," repeatedly. This was getting on Jimmy's nerves, so he tossed a baseball glove at Stillwell's head!


What is the name of Dottie's husband?

Bob is deployed overseas for much of the film. He is portrayed by actor Bill Pullman.


Though she only played for one year, which woman was considered to be the best player the league had ever seen?

Dottie Hinson represented the real-life women's baseball player, Dolores "Pickles" Lee-Dries. Dolores played from 1952 to 1954.


Which famous actress plays the role of Dottie Hinson?

Geena Davis was cast as Dottie Hinson, though director Penny Marshall initially had interest in Demi Moore. Moore was pregnant at the time, so it did not work out.


Who famously said, "There's no crying in baseball."

Jimmy yells at Evelyn after she threw the ball in the wrong direction, with a runner on base. She starts crying and he starts shouting, "There's no crying in baseball!"


After the league tryouts, where were all of the players sent?

This actually happened in real life. The players for the AAGPBL were sent to the Helena Rubenstein Beauty Salon for a makeover, as well as the Evening Charm school for proper etiquette, hygiene and dress code.


During beauty school, who was recommended to play "a lot of night games"?

All of the women had to line up at the beauty school for final approval. They were all complimented, but when the camera got to Marla, the headmistress was basically at a loss for words.


In which year was the premiere of "A League of Their Own"?

"A League of Their Own" was released on July 1, 1992, in the United States. It grossed more than $132 million at the box office and was made with a $40 million budget.


In the 1940s, what threatened to shut down Major League Baseball?

Specifically, the year was 1943 and the United States was at the height of its involvement in the war. The military draft caused many of the most prominent baseball players to head off to war.


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