Black SplatA League of Their Own (1992)

"Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!"

A League of Their Own - Jimmy Dugan yells at player for crying

Description: Tom Hanks as baseball coach Jimmy Dugan chastises one of his players on an all-female baseball team about the rules of the sport in the motion picture A League of Their Own (1992).

"This week, on "The World of sports": When the boys are overseas, and off to war, baseball pitches in for the war effort. Trading bats for bullets, Yankees star Joe DiMaggio promises to give those Nazis a jolt. Ace fire baller, Bob Feller, has traded Cleveland gray for navy blue. Baseball biggest stars say: Look out Mr. Hitler, the Yanks are coming, not to mention the Indians, Red Sox, and Tigers." - Radio Sportscaster

In 1943, candy magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall) authorized Ira Lowenstein (David Strathaim), general maanger and Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovoitz), a baseball scout to organize the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The league consisted of four teams: The Rockford Peaches, The Racine Belles, The Kenosha Comets, and The South Bend Blue Sox.

Jimmy Dugan, a hard-drinking, veteran ballplayer and one-time home-run champion was hired as the manager of The Rockford Peaches. At first, Jimmy, a struggling alcoholic, has a hard time turning a bunch of female baseball players into a team but, in the end, it is the team that turns him around, making him a better and more tolerant person.

Ira Lowenstein: Until you did that, I couldn't tell if you were... drunk or dead.
Jimmy Dugan: It was made very clear to me what I'm supposed to do here. I smile, wave my little hat... I did that, so when do I get paid?
Ira Lowenstein: Now, Jimmy, you have some pretty good ballplayers here. You ought to give them a little bit of your...
Jimmy Dugan: [interrupting] Ballplayers. I don't have ballplayers, I've got girls. Girls are what you sleep with after the game, not, not what you coach during the game.[spits]
Ira Lowenstein: If we paid you a little bit more, Jimmy, do you think you could be just a little more disgusting?
Jimmy Dugan: Well, I could certainly use the money.
Ira Lowenstein: Great game, Jimmy. I especially liked that move in the seventh inning when you scratched your balls for an hour.
Jimmy Dugan: Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right.

A League of Their Own - The Rockford Peaches on a bus

The roster for the Rockford Peaches included:

  • Dottie Hinson #8, catcher (Geena Davis)
  • Kit Keller #23, pitcher (Lori Petty)
  • Helen Haley #15, first base (Anne Ramsay)
  • Marla Hooch #32, second base (Megan Cavanagh)
  • Doris Murphy #22, third base (Rosie O'Donnell)
  • Ellen Sue Gotlander #1, shortstop/pitcher (Freddie Simpson)
  • Betty "Spaghetti" Horn #7, left field/relief pitcher (Tracy Reiner)
  • "All the Way" Mae Mordabito #5, center field (Madonna)
  • Evelyn Gardner #17, right field (Bitty Schram)
  • Alice "Skeeter" Gaspers #18, left field/center field/catcher (Renée Coleman)
  • Shirley Baker #11, left field (Ann Cusack)
  • "Beans" Babbitt, shortstop (Robin Knight)
  • Marbleann Wilkinson, second base (Patti Pelton)
  • Beverly Dixon #4, outfield (Kelli Simpkins)
  • Connie Calhoun, Outfield (Connie Pounds-Taylor)

Although Jimmy’s opinion of girl baseball players changes over time, he initially says, "Ballplayers! I haven’t got ballplayers, I’ve got girls! Girls are what you sleep with after the game, not, not what you coach during the game."

Jimmy Dugan: Evelyn, could you come here for a second? Which team do you play for?
Evelyn Gardner: Well, I'm a Peach.
Jimmy 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.
Jimmy Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!
Doris Murphy: Why don't you give her a break, Jimmy...
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?
Evelyn Gardner: [Evelyn cries] No, no, no.
Jimmy Dugan: Yeah! NO. And do you know why?
Evelyn Gardner: No...
Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!

"All right, everyone, let's listen up now, listen up. Something important has just happened. I was in the toilet reading my contract, and it turns out, I get a bonus when we get to the World Series. So, let's play hard, let's play smart, use your heads." - Jimmy Dugan

Eventually, Jimmy sobers up and his girls make it to the the World Series where they battle against the Racine Belles. In the end, The Racine Belles defeat The Rockford Peaches, and Kit Keller, who had been traded to the Belles, reconciles with her sister, Dottie.

Years later, the members of The Rockford Peaches attend the dedication ceremony of the Women's in Baseball exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where Dottie reunites with Doris, Marla, Mae and Betty and we learn that Jimmy Dugan, Bob Hinson (Dottie's husband) and Evelyn Gardner have passed away.

Umpire: Perhaps you chastised her too vehemently. Good rule of thumb: treat each of these girls as you would treat your mother.
Jimmy Dugan: Did anyone ever tell you, you look like a penis with that little hat on?
Jimmy Dugan: Bullshit. You can all kiss my ass. That's right, kiss my big hairy ass.

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