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A League of Their Own

November 19th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Today’s Hulu for the Holidays movie, A League of Their Own, is a special one for me. It’s not just because it tells the story of the All-American Girls Baseball League, a cadre of female pros who stepped up to home plate while the male pros were at war. It’s because part of the movie was filmed in my hometown, Cooperstown, NY.

A sleepy little village most of the year, Cooperstown transforms the last weekend of July, when living legends — the big leaguers who are part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — come to town to honor the year’s newest inductees. They’re joined by thousands of baseball fans who hope to score an autograph or a snapshot of their favorite players. Baseball is a hallowed sport in Cooperstown, and A League of Their Own honors that tradition.

In the movie, sisters Dottie and Kitt (Geena Davis and Lori Petty) are recruited — by a sarcastic Jon Lovitz, no less — to try out for the All-American Girls Baseball League. The sisters are soon teamed up on the Rockford Peaches, along with co-stars Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell and a washed-up manager, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). The league’s priorities are a little questionable — are they looking for athletes or pin-ups? — but the camaraderie of the girls pulls the Peaches together, swing after swing.

What’s in store for tomorrow? Check back for a high-adventure tale about a man and his companion as they struggle to survive in harsh conditions. And you can track the latest additions to our Holiday lineup with the Hulu for the Holidays widget.

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