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It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, on July 1, a movie hit theaters that was a total home run to our hearts. We are talking about the classic baseball movie Your own competition† The 1992 film, directed by Penny Marshall, followed a fictional story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was developed during World War II. The very real circumstances of a group of women in America made for one of the most beloved movies to date – so much so that we’re commemorating the historic 30th anniversary (and the TV series’ approaching adaptation) with a look back at the most important form.
Thanks to this film, it is not difficult to forget one of the biggest rules in the sport. “There’s no crying in baseball!” Tom Hanks’ Jimmy Dugan yells at one of the Rockford Peaches. The line, and Hanks’ hilarious performance, live on three decades later.
But Hanks isn’t the only heavy hitter in this movie. Of course it is the ladies who take the lead. Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell (to name a few) steal bases and hearts in this film. And the history behind it really sets the stage for a dazzling crowd pleaser.
The AAGPBL was founded in 1943 at the height of World War II. The Rockford Peaches aren’t just the team portrayed in the movie — they were one of the best-known teams in the 15-team league until it shut down in 1954. Your own competition not only commemorates what these women did at one of our most pivotal points in history, but also celebrates an enduring legacy and important story in women’s sport. For the film’s 30th anniversary, check out photos of the cast then and now.