With its release in 1992, A League of Their Own became one of the most revered sports movies of all time. The classic movie, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, brings to life a fictionalized tale of a very real moment in history, the creation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. From 1943-1954, the AAGPBL showcased the phenomenal talents of female ball players at a time when Major League Baseball was on hiatus during World War II. For people interested in this fascinating history there's plenty to explore right here in Cooperstown!
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The inspiration for the movie, directed by the late Penny Marshall, came from the permanent exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball which opened in 1988. The opening scenes of the movie depict the ribbon-cutting of the exhibit, and were filmed here in Cooperstown. While A League of Their Own focuses on female athletes, Diamond Dreams looks at the roles women have played throughout the sport, including executives, umpires, and architects helping to design stadiums.
A League of Their Own fans will remember the scenes of the former players gathered together to play baseball. Just down Main Street from the Baseball Hall of Fame, Doubleday Field served as the backdrop for filming and has a rich history of its own. Once believed to be the spot where Abner Doubleday invented baseball as we know it today, Doubleday Field has seen its share of baseball action; from 1940-2008, Major League Baseball held the Hall of Fame Game where two MLB teams would play in Cooperstown. That game has since evolved into the beloved Hall of Fame Classic, featuring Hall of Famers and former players in a fun-filled exhibition.
For baseball fans, Cooperstown is the destination to revel in the history of their favorite sport. And for aficionados of A League of Their Own and those looking to learn more about the AAGPBL, a baseball-themed getaway is the ultimate experience. Start planning today!