Twenty-five years ago this summer, the movie A League of Their Own hit theaters and the baseball movie became an instant classic. What made the movie memorable was the way director Penny Marshall showed women in baseball. They came from all backgrounds and were all shapes and sizes. But at the heart of it all, they loved the game, even if they constantly had to prove that they belonged in the game.
It's been 25 years since the movie and 74 years since the actual All-American Girls Baseball League played ball. But girls and women are still having to prove they belong in the game.
A recent story from Bleacher Report on the the only girls travel baseball team in the country received straight up hate in the comments and on social media. And don't forget the sexism Jessica Mendoza gets for commenting on baseball games on ESPN. After all "girls can't play ball," right?
Except they can. And they always have. That's one of the beautiful things about looking at A League of Their Own -- understanding there is a whole history of women who have played. They have lacked opportunities. They have lacked recognition. But they have always played. And they always will.
— GirlsTravelBaseball (@GirlsTravelBall) July 15, 2017