The Bentonville Film Festival capped off its second annual event this past weekend with a softball game, featuring many members of a team that filmgoers know well: The Rockford Peaches from "A League of Their Own."
Arkansas Online reported that the Peaches reunion was spearheaded by Geena Davis, who played catcher Dottie Hinson in the 1992 flick about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Davis, who co-founded the film festival in 2015 to highlight female and diverse filmmakers, gathered her former castmates on Sunday at Arkansas's Arvest Ballpark for a spirited game to celebrate the festival's wrap -- and stir up some friendly competition, too.
Aside from Davis, other Peaches teammates in attendance included actresses Patti Pelton (who played Marbelann Wilkenson), Megan Cavanaugh (Marla Hooch), Ann Cusack (Shirley Baker), Tracy Reiner (Betty "Spaghetti" Horn), Anne Ramsay (Helen Haley), and Freddie Simpson (Ellen Sue Gotlander). Davis managed the blue team, while Cavanaugh managed the red team, with the former ultimately routing the latter 20-4.
The event also featured an appearance by Gina "Chirpie" Casey, who according to Akansas Online played in the AAGPBL's minor league in the 1950s. Casey threw out the first pitch, and posed for photos alongside the actresses, who touted her as "an original Peaches player."
"It's 20 years later and we're still playing," Pelton told Arkansas Online of reuniting with her onscreen teammates. "It's great to be here. It's a gift that keeps on giving."
[via: Arkansas Online, Bentonville Film Festival]
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 (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates. Read More