League of their own

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A League of Their Own

History Through Film Analysis Paper

Anna Tanner

United States History Since 1865 Dr. Kara Smith

December 1, 2013

Throughout history women have stepped up to whatever challenge was place before them. In the movie "A League of Their Own", women stepped up to the home plate of the baseball diamond in an effort to save the game of baseball, while the male players were overseas fighting in World War II. Most viewers have more than likely never noticed or appreciated the history in this movie. However, over the course of a history class and after doing lots of research for an assignment, one can now watch the movie from a totally different perspective.

In 1992 director Penny Marshall released the movie "A League of Their Own". This film is about the first season of professional women's baseball. "The main characters are Dottie played by Geena Davis, Kit played by Lori Petty, and Jimmy Dugan played by Tom Hanks.

Dottie is the leader of the group and the best player in the league. Kit, Dottie's little sister, is somewhat of an over achiever who is always trying to be like her big sister, but at the same time she is tired of being in Dottie's shadow. Jimmy Dugan is the team's washed up, has been ballplayer, alcoholic coach." The movie is set in 1943 and tells the story complete with hardships and victories of the women who served their country by playing baseball. For these women the opportunity to play baseball made them choose between their traditional roles of milking dairy cows, keeping house, waiting at home to hear from her solider, and the new freedoms waiting for them outside the home front. [1: Marshall, Penny, "A League of Their Own," DVD.]

During the 1800's,