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Tuesday, June 07, 2022

A League of Their Own’ Amazon Series Sets August Premiere Date, Reveals First Look

The “A League of Their Own” Amazon series based on Penny Marshall’s popular 1992 comedy film will premiere Aug. 12.

Amazon announced the news via a first look teaser, set to the classic Stevie Nicks song “Edge of Seventeen.” The teaser can be seen below.

Both the show and film version of “A League of Their Own” take place in 1943, the year that the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed. The women’s league, a first of its kind in the sport, was created to keep baseball in the public consciousness after World War II saw the majority of male players drafted, essentially shutting down Major League Baseball. The show focuses on a different team than the one featured in the movie, in a completely separate storyline.

Abbi Jacobson, who created the series with Will Graham, leads the cast as Carson Shaw, while Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Roberta Colindrez, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack and Priscilla Delgado play her teammates. Nick Offerman also stars as the team’s manager, a role played by Tom Hanks in the original film, while recurring cast members include Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Kate Berlant, Kendall Johnson, Alex Désert, Aaron Jennings, Molly Ephraim, Melanie Field and Dale Dickey. Rosie O’Donnell, who played one of the Rockford Peaches in the original “League of Their Own,” is also slated to guest star during the first season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2022 at 10:15 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: June 07, 2022 at 01:33 PM (#6080386)
essentially shutting down Major League Baseball


Say what?
   2. Bhaakon Posted: June 07, 2022 at 08:12 PM (#6080520)
Imagine how long Tom Hanks can piss with ten hours of screen time to fill out.
   3. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: June 07, 2022 at 09:08 PM (#6080533)
Say what?
A sliiiiiight exaggeration - but wasn't it a consensus opinion the quality of wartime ball sucked? IIRC, a writer described the 1944 WS (Browns vs. Cardinals) as "the fat guys versus the old guys at the company picnic."

Ah! Research! So, from the Wiki article on the 1945 WS (Tigers vs. Cubs):
Many of the majors' better players were still in military service. Warren Brown, author of a history of the Cubs in 1946, commented on this by titling one chapter "World's Worst Series". He also cited a famous quote of his, referencing himself anonymously and in the third person. When asked who he liked in the Series, he answered, "I don't think either one of them can win it."

In a similar vein, Frank Graham jokingly called this Series "the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic."

One player decidedly not fitting that description was the Tigers' slugger Hank Greenberg, who had been discharged from military service early. He hit the only two Tigers homers in the Series, and scored seven runs overall and also drove in seven.
   4. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 07, 2022 at 09:51 PM (#6080542)
Imagine how long Tom Hanks can piss with ten hours of screen time to fill out.


Nick Offerman.
   5. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 08, 2022 at 06:00 PM (#6080687)
Amazon announced the news via a first look teaser, set to the classic Stevie Nicks song “Edge of Seventeen.”

So, a 2022 TV series based on a 1992 movie and is set in 1943, uses a 1982 song as its theme. Um, okay.

Some actual number one songs from 1943: "I've Heard That Song Before" (Harry James), "Paper Doll" (Mills Brothers), "You'll Never Know" (Dick Haymes), "In the Blue of the Evening" (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Frank Sinatra on vocal) and "Sunday, Monday Or Always" (Bing Crosby). I'll be willing to bet you won't hear any of these songs in this series.

In fact, the 1940s in the trailer looks awfully 1970s-ish, doesn't it? It's as if that everything that ever happened more than 40 or so years ago has melted in the public consciousness into one big mush. (Hell, you could probably set "A League of Their Own" in the 70s and nobody would bat an eye.)
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 09, 2022 at 09:00 AM (#6080821)
The movie was super enjoyable but had to focus on the big/little sister dynamic. I'm interested to see how the series expands on certain storylines. From the preview, it looks like black players make more than token appearance, which is unlike the movie. It also looks like same sex relationships are directly addressed in the series, whereas in the movie I don't recall even a sideways reference to LGBT issues.

So, a 2022 TV series based on a 1992 movie and is set in 1943, uses a 1982 song as its theme. Um, okay.

I was stunned the other day when my daughter started playing in the car "Running up that hill" by Kate Bush. I should've figured it had come back thanks to a TV show (Stranger Things). It's now in the Billboard top 10.

It's really no different than when Wayne's World brought Queen back into the limelight. But to my surprise, the gap in time between Kate Bush and Stranger Things is about double the gap between WW and Bohemian Rhapsody.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 09, 2022 at 05:35 PM (#6080883)
From the preview, it looks like black players make more than token appearance, which is unlike the movie.
Unlike the actual history, too. Like MLB, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League had a color barrier at its inception, but unlike MLB, it never integrated. Not sure why white-washing that is OK. Would a re-make of the Babe Ruth Story or Pride of the Yankees that falsely portrayed black MLB players in key roles escape criticism?
   8. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 09, 2022 at 06:30 PM (#6080900)
The original release of "Running Up That Hill" is closer to the beginning of Harry Truman's only full term as president than it is to today.

From the preview, it looks like black players make more than token appearance, which is unlike the movie. It also looks like same sex relationships are directly addressed in the series

I guess the series is set in a fantasy 1940s, where coloreds [sic] and homosexuality (which at the time was actually considered a straight-up mental illness) are fully embraced. (Oh, and the music is from the late 70s/early 80s, which is fine with me.)
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: June 09, 2022 at 06:41 PM (#6080903)
Would a re-make of the Babe Ruth Story or Pride of the Yankees that falsely portrayed black MLB players in key roles escape criticism?

we just lost Ray Liotta, the right-handed Joe Jackson from Field of Dreams.

Costner noted that while Liotta had never played baseball (wtf), he tried hard to learn how to hit lefty but he couldn't do it at all. he basically added that when people complained how Shoeless Joe was actually left-handed so that's an issue in the movie - um, Shoeless Joe coming back from the grave and out of a cornfield is plausible, but the hill you're willing to die on is dammit, he was a lefty batter! ?

I got a kick out of that.
   10. . Posted: June 09, 2022 at 06:43 PM (#6080904)
I guess the series is set in a fantasy 1940s, where coloreds [sic] and homosexuality (which at the time was actually considered a straight-up mental illness) are fully embraced. (Oh, and the music is from the late 70s/early 80s, which is fine with me.)


Isn't that just a port from the philosophy behind Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, though?
   11. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 09, 2022 at 07:06 PM (#6080910)
"In a world...where WHITE MEN started a war with ACTUAL NAZIS*, and the so-called "big leagues" were reduced to one-armed men and midgets (and one-armed midgets)**, it was WOMEN who saved the grand old game of BASEBALL! Including BLACK WOMEN and GAY WOMEN (and GAY, BLACK WOMEN) in a far-off land of love and inclusion called THE 1940s!***

So, tune in every week on Amazon Prime (one of the media companies who own and run everything and utterly despise you) for "A League of Their Own", a new series about sports or something. Who the f*ck cares? Send money."

*Not "people-who-watch-Tucker-Carlson" Nazis, but real members of the honest-to-gosh Nazi Party! In Germany...!
**OK, there was only a single one-armed guy in the majors, and the midget didn't play until well after the war was over. (Blame Bill Veeck.)
***Actually, the real 1940s sucked balls. Hard.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 09, 2022 at 10:22 PM (#6080936)
Costner noted that while Liotta had never played baseball (wtf), he tried hard to learn how to hit lefty but he couldn't do it at all. he basically added that when people complained how Shoeless Joe was actually left-handed so that's an issue in the movie - um, Shoeless Joe coming back from the grave and out of a cornfield is plausible, but the hill you're willing to die on is dammit, he was a lefty batter! ?

Why didn't they just flip the negative like they did in "Pride of the Yankees"? Gary Cooper couldn't bat lefty either, so he hit righty and ran the bases clockwise, and they flipped the negative to make it look correct.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2022 at 11:48 PM (#6080955)

I guess the series is set in a fantasy 1940s, where coloreds [sic] and homosexuality (which at the time was actually considered a straight-up mental illness) are fully embraced. (Oh, and the music is from the late 70s/early 80s, which is fine with me.)


Have you guys already watched the series?
   14. John Northey Posted: June 10, 2022 at 07:52 PM (#6081079)
I do find criticism of a series that has one single minute preview without a word said by a single character kind of silly. I'm guessing they show how gay women back then had to try to hide it publicly and will show the horrible consequences when one is caught. Same for black players - they will show a woman trying hard to get there, maybe training a few white women, but never getting to play or be seen at the park. It can be done as a drama quite well without going too far into fantasy. I'd love it if they'd cover a different women's league someday as pro women's softball exists and I'm pretty sure some have tried to make pro women's baseball work since then. But without a billionaire backing it, it would be hard to make it work (remember the Colorado Silver Bullets managed by Phil Neikro?).
   15. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:25 PM (#6081131)
I do find criticism of a series that has one single minute preview without a word said by a single character kind of silly. I'm guessing they show how gay women back then had to try to hide it publicly and will show the horrible consequences when one is caught. Same for black players - they will show a woman trying hard to get there, maybe training a few white women, but never getting to play or be seen at the park. It can be done as a drama quite well without going too far into fantasy.


It's a fictional story based somewhat on history. It's not a documentary. Also, Thomas Jefferson was not black.
   16. Moeball Posted: June 11, 2022 at 03:01 AM (#6081231)
#9 - actually the thing that bugged me the most in Field of Dreams was that they had the Moonlight Graham timeline all wrong even with James Earl Jones sitting in the bleachers with a copy of The Baseball Encyclopedia in his lap!
   17. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 11, 2022 at 08:41 AM (#6081238)
pro women's softball exists and I'm pretty sure some have tried to make pro women's baseball work since then


That's kinda the problem. Women's pro soccer and basketball (and hockey, to an extent) exist because they don't have very similar games pulling away their athletes. To make a viable pro women's baseball league, you'd first need to make sure young girls are playing baseball, not softball, and create that pipeline of athletes to move on to the next level.

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