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A League of Their Own: The Documentary.

"A League of Their Own" proved to be a sleeper hit among the overblown action epics during the summer of 1992. The comedy about a women's baseball team in the early 1940s was rooted in fact, as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League helped fill the gap left when their male counterparts went off to fight World War II. This documentary tells the story of those female athletes through vintage newsreel footage and interviews conducted at a reunion held almost four decades after the AAGPBL folded in 1954.

Originally conceived as a novelty to amuse war-weary Americans, with young women in short skirts playing softball, the league soon graduated to serious hardball. Far from a mere novelty act, the players demonstrated skill and determination--the latter evidenced by the "strawberry" abrasions caused by sliding proudly exhibited by one of the women to illustrate how seriously they were taking the game. If you enjoyed the movie or plan to rent the video version, pick up this documentary and learn the fascinating history behind it.
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Author:Rothenberg, Robert S.
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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