I first saw this movie back when I was in highschool. It’s a fictionalized story of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). It was set in the 1940’s starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty and Madonna.

Since today’s theme is about Divas turned Actresses, I thought of pitching in(no pun intended) this film with Madonna in focus. She didn’t really turned full-actress here as she showed her vocal prowess singing This Used to be my Playground which is the movie’s theme. It earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for “Best Original Song.”

The league as mentioned happened when the men were out to war. Madonna’s character is “All the Way” Mae Mordabito, Rockford Peaches’ speedy centrefielder. The Material Girl played a tough-talking New Yorker who acts as a bad-ass. She was one with a penchant for smoking, drinking, and chasing men. At one point she was teaching a colleague read – she made her read a book about well, married couples.

The film is a nostalgic walk down the lives of young women who had their dreams and hopes about baseball, issues with sibling rivalry, camarederie and humor intertwined, hopes of the war being over and a good deal of reconciliation.

Watch it if you haven’t yet, you’d fall in love with one of the characters for sure. Oh, you’d hear Tom Hanks with his famous tone shouting “There’s no crying in baseball!” – that was cute. lol.


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