Tom Hanks Archives
A League of Their Own

Character: Jimmy Dugan
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Written by: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Produced by: Elliot Abbott, Robert Greenhut
Other cast: Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz
Release date: July 1, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Running time: 2h 8min

As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey. Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates.


→ To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible.
→ There’s no crying in baseball!
→ This summer, Tom Hanks and the Rockford Peaches prove that a woman’s place is at home…first, second & third.
→ Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different.
→ A woman’s place is on home, first, second, and third.


♦ During filming of the World Series games, stars took turns entertaining the unpaid extras. Tom Hanks did puppet shows over the dugout, Rosie O’Donnell did stand-up comedy; and various actors pretended to be Madonna and sang her songs after the singer balked at performing for the fans.
♦ Tom Hanks gained thirty pounds in preparation for his role. He attributed the weight he gained to a nearby Dairy Queen. All during filming, Penny Marshall encouraged Hanks to keep on eating.

Character’s Quotes

• I, I gave away five years at the end my career, drinking. Five years. And now there isn’t anything I wouldn’t give to get back any one day of it.
• This is chickenshit, Dottie, if you want to go back to Oregon and make a hundred babies, great, I’m in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this, quitting, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It’s what lights you up, you can’t deny that.
• It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.
• Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right.
• Uh, Lord, hallowed be Thy name. May our feet be swift; may our bats be mighty; may our balls… be plentiful. Lord, I’d just like to thank You for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she is – she kept calling Your name. And God, these are good girls, and they work hard. Just help them see it all the way through. Okay, that’s it.