I saw A League Of Their Own for the first time sometime in the 90s. The only thing I knew about it was Madonna and that actress who played Betty Rubble in The Flinstones movie was in it. Luckily, this was around the time that my love of baseball took hold; I was following the Indians (I heart the 90s Indians squads), I was watching games more regularly in the summer, and I was really understanding the game. A League Of Their Own is in my top five baseball films (I can’t list them off the top, I’m not that good) and for good reason. Let Katie Baker explain the rest.
Growing up in Lompoc, California, a mostly rural town north of Santa Barbara, Kelly Candaele was vaguely aware that his mother, Helen Callaghan, and his aunt Marge had played professional baseball back in the day. His mom still had her old glove, and would sometimes participate in local powder puff games. “You don’t hear that from other mothers,” he says. But it wasn’t until he got to college, and began understanding the broad contours of American history and women’s places within it, that he realized the significance of his mother’s and her teammates’ stories. He interviewed former players, went to the National Archives to find footage, and put together a documentary about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, called A League of Their Own, for the Los Angeles public TV station KCET in 1987. The project was soon aired nationally on PBS, where Penny Marshall noticed it.