espnW: An oral history of ‘A League of Their Own’, 25 years later

From espnW on July 1, 2017:

July 1, 1992. The Dream Team, co-captained by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, was prepping for world domination at the Olympics in Barcelona. George H.W. Bush was president. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” was on the top of the Billboard charts. Governor Bill Clinton had recently showcased his saxophone skills on “The Arsenio Hall Show” while on the campaign trail. Venus Williams, 12 years old, and her 10-year-old sister Serena were making waves on the junior-tournament circuit. And yes, the Penny Marshall-directed film “A League of Their Own” hit movie theaters.

On the cleats of the seminal movie’s 25th anniversary, the words from the film’s tagline (noted above) still resonate after all these years.

Here we explore how “A League of Their Own” came about, including the movie’s background and an interview with a former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League member. We talked to one of the film’s producers, Robert Greenhut, about casting, including how Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks snagged their roles. We also got intel of set hijinks, baseball training, the controversial kiss scene that ended up on the cutting-room floor and so much more.

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Originally published: July 2, 2017. Last Updated: July 2, 2017.