During the coronavirus shutdown, each day we will bring you a recommendation from The Post’s Peter Botte for a sports movie, TV show or book that perhaps was before your time or somehow slipped between the cracks of your viewing/reading history.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Throwing like a girl was never more of a compliment.
Actress-turned-director Penny Marshall (“The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Big”) presents a warm and often-hilarious account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that sprung up and thrived while countless major league players were overseas during World War II.
This actually might be my favorite baseball movie, and that’s saying an awful lot in the company of past recommendations such as “The Natural” and “Bull Durham” — as well as a few we haven’t gotten to yet, such as “Major League” and the original “The Bad News Bears.”
Geena Davis, as star catcher and slugger Dottie Hinson, and Lori Petty, as her kid sister Kit Keller, are convincing athletically, as are Madonna (“All the way, Mae!”) and Rosie O’Donnell (Doris Murphy) in supporting roles. And don’t forget the great Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), what a hitter!
Even with six career Academy Award nominations and two victories, this is among Tom Hanks’ most memorable roles, as washed-up, heavy-drinking former slugger Jimmy Dugan. (Especially his unforgettable rant about there being “no crying in baseball” and his signing of an autograph to two young boys: “Avoid the clap, Jimmy Dugan.”)