It's Been 30 Years Since “A League of Their Own” Came Out – See the Cast Then and Now
Thirty years after “A League of Their Own” hit movie theatres in 1992, the story of the first women’s professional baseball league is returning to our screens. This time, it’s courtesy of Prime Video, where a fresh take on the story is set to arrive this August as a full-fledged TV show rather than a two-hour movie.
Based on the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, “A League of Their Own” tells the story of the talented, hardworking, and one-of-a-kind women who took the risk to join a pro sports league at the height of World War II, when men’s pro sports were shut down so that the players could join the war effort. The 1992 movie, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, is a ’90s nostalgic fave, full of quotable lines and a heartwarming story that still hits all those feelings today.
Now, “Broad City” actor Abbi Jacobson and “Mozart in the Jungle” executive producer Will Graham have teamed up to bring a fresh version of the story to life. Rather than rehash the same story with the same characters, Prime Video’s version tells a completely new story with completely new characters. Before we fall in love with a whole new team of Rockford Peaches, let’s take a look back and see what the original Peaches are up to now.
Geena Davis as Dottie Hinson Then
Davis starred as Dottie, the older of the two Keller sisters. As the catcher for the Rockford Peaches, she stands up to their slacker of a manager and takes on a leadership role. The league pushes her as one of their public faces due to her looks and her status as a married woman, leading to more tension with her younger sister, Kit.
Geena Davis Now
Today, Davis is an Oscar winner and an activist advocating for gender equality in media. She won her Oscar for “The Accidental Tourist” in 1988 and was nominated for another for “Thelma & Louise” in 1991. Her credits also include the Stuart Little films, the TV shows “Commander in Chief” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and many more. She is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which advocates for gender representation in media.
Davis has been incredibly supportive of the TV remake of “A League of Their Own,” although, as she told Vogue, she’s happy that the show will be about totally different characters and stories. “People sometimes say just for fun, ‘Who would you like to see play Thelma and Louise when they do a remake?’ I wouldn’t like to see anybody! Just don’t. Why would you?”
Lori Petty as Kit Keller Then
Petty played Kit, the younger Keller sister. Perpetually overlooked despite being an incredible (if temperamental) pitcher, she’s only allowed to try out for the league if she convinces her reluctant sister, Dottie, to come along. As tensions heighten between the sisters, it’s Kit who finds herself potentially playing second fiddle again.
Lori Petty Now
Petty has continued an eclectic career over the past few decades, dipping into voice work (including the villain Livewire on “Superman: The Animated Series”), directing, and acting. She appeared in “Orange Is the New Black,” and, most recently, she starred in HBO’s adaptation of “Station Eleven,” playing Sarah, one of the founders of the Traveling Symphony.
“I don’t know anything about [the Amazon series], but I’d love to be involved,” she told Vulture in 2021. “I’d love to help them, but they don’t seem to want that. But I’m psyched to see it and excited that they were inspired by it.”
Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan Then
After a few underperforming movies in the late ’80s, Hanks returned to top form with his portrayal of Jimmy Dugan, the reluctant manager of the Rockford Peaches. A washed-up baseball legend with a drinking problem, he’s not thrilled to be managing a women’s team and treats them poorly. Eventually, he comes to respect the players and gets invested in their success.
Tom Hanks Now
Hanks has pretty much spent the last few decades evolving from America’s leading man to America’s dad – in the best way possible. He’s won two Oscars and seven Emmys, and he’s had a career ranging from ’80s comedies and ’90s rom-coms to more serious dramas. He can currently be seen on screen in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” biopic and will soon star in the Disney+ live-action remake of “Pinocchio.”
Rosie O'Donnell as Doris Murphy Then
Already a successful stand-up comedian, O’Donnell made her feature-film debut as Doris, the tough-talking third-base player for the Rockford Peaches. She’s most often seen in a tag team with BFF Mae, played by Madonna.
Rosie O'Donnell Now
O’Donnell has continued her comedy career, both in stand-up and acting, over the past few decades. Her résumé includes a controversial stint as moderator of the talk show “The View,” plus two of her own talk shows, the Showtime comedy “SMILF,” and much more. She also has spent considerable time on philanthropic work, including Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation, dedicated to early childhood care and education, and Rosie’s Broadway Kids, providing music and dance education to public school students.
While Doris won’t be making a reappearance in the new TV series (it takes place in a totally different world than the original movie), O’Donnell will be around! As reported by Entertainment Weekly, she’ll be guest starring as Vi, a gay bar owner who befriends some of the Peaches. O’Donnell also called the pilot episode “just beautiful” in an episode of “Everything Iconic With Dan Pellegrino.”
Madonna as Mae Mordabito Then
Madonna was already one of the biggest music stars in the world when she joined “A League of Their Own” as Mae, the snappy, glamorous center fielder. She’s a talented player who also enjoys taking advantage of the spotlight, playing to the fans and the cameras.
Needless to say, Madonna remains a total icon, even decades later. In fact, she currently holds the title of the bestselling woman recording artist of all time and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in her very first year of eligibility (2008). Over her career, she’s won seven Grammys and a Golden Globe, among many other accolades. She’s reportedly working on a movie about her life, too. Like the rest of her costars, she’s not currently slated to appear in the TV series of “A League of Their Own,” but never say never!
Bitty Schram as Evelyn Gardner
Schram played Evelyn, the Peaches’ sweet, soft-hearted right fielder. She’s best remembered for two things: travelling with her spoiled young son, Stillwill, and being on the receiving end of Dugan’s famous line, “There’s no crying in baseball!”
Bitty Schram Now
A decade after “A League of Their Own,” Schram began her other most memorable role: as Sharona Fleming, assistant to Tony Shalhoub’s title character on “Monk,” a role which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Schram hasn’t appeared on screen since the 2016 movie “Moments of Clarity.”
Megan Cavanagh as Marla Hooch Then
Cavanagh played Marla, the shy and slouchy player at second base who almost gets overlooked but more than proves herself on the field. She nearly misses out on the Peaches, thanks to league officials who are prioritising a very specific “look” for their recruits, but winds up being one of the best on the team.
Megan Cavanagh Now
Cavanagh has continued to work steadily since her debut in “A League of Their Own,” with credits in film, TV, voice work, and theater. Among her more notable roles is voicing Judy Neutron in the Jimmy Neutron animated franchise. She even portrayed director Penny Marshall in a 2019 episode of “Drunk History” parodying the history of baseball.
“So many young women have come up to me and said, ‘This was the movie we watched on our way to the championship game,’ or ‘This is the reason I wanted to play sports.’ And I think that it really rallied a you[n]ger generation of women to play sports. And I think that’s so important,” Cavanagh told Houston Public Media.
“We were so concerned with making the story of the real women because a lot of them were consulting on this movie with us,” she said. “We wanted them to be proud of what we were doing. It was their story, and it had not been told. And we just wanted it to make them proud and to be the best story possible.”
Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey
Marshall, the TV legend (and brother of “A League of Their Own” director Penny Marshall), makes a cameo appearance as Walter Harvey, a candy mogul and the founder of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. His character is a fictionalised version of Philip K. Wrigley (yes, as in the gum).
After a long and storied career as a producer and director, Marshall died in 2016 at the age of 81.