a league of their own

‘Pepper’ Paire Davis: In a League of Her Own

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you’re a fan of sports movies, you’ve probably seen A League of Their Own, director Penny Marshall’s 1992 homage to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The latter was a circuit of women’s teams that Major League Baseball put together in 1943 to keep fans coming to ballparks at a time when  male baseball players were being drafted into the nation’s armed forces.The film focuses largely on the travails of a fictional player, Dottie Hinson (portrayed by Geena Davis), …

Doris Sams, inspiration for A League of Their Own

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyI never heard of Doris Sams until she died last week at age 85. And yet I owe her a huge debt. So does my daughter, and so do lots of little girls who grow up dreaming of playing baseball. Doris lived A League of Their Own as a superstar for 8 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – the circuit immortalized in the 1992 film. She pitched a perfect game; she won a batting title; she led …

Spring Training At Last! Warm Up With the Best Baseball Movies of All Time

Posted on 02/21/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAt last, I can focus on a mitt other than the one named Romney–they’re breaking out the bats and balls in Florida and Phoenix, and another baseball season is about to get underway. This is, of course, the year my beloved Washington Nationals go deep into the playoffs (you read it here first, or at least early). But until the season starts in earnest, I’m happy to settle into my own spring training regimen, soaking in these great movies about …