Tom Hanks’ Jimmy Dugan may not have recognized their potential immediately, but the roster for the Rockford Peaches is, in fact, comprised of ballplayers. It features some great hitters, some great fielders and even a few good arms. Of course, it’s also filled with criers, beauty school rejects and women who can’t hit the cut-off man, but it’s hard to find a roster, even among professional baseball teams, that isn’t filled with at least a few holes and few players with glaring weaknesses. And A League Of Their Own does a great job of presenting that.
You see, avid sports fan Penny Marshall didn’t simply cast the best actresses. She made every single Hollywood starlet who wanted a role in the film spend a few days actually playing baseball. Among those who were actually athletes, she then whittled down the group to find the right women. That really comes through in the final product too. Every single woman cast in the film is a believeable baseball player, but each contributes to both her character’s strengths and weaknesses.
So, let’s have an honest conversation about who the best Rockford Peach really is. Leaving off the girls who don’t have more than a line or two, let’s rank every major player by her actual baseball skills.
11) Alice "Skeeter" GaspersNumber: 18
Position: All Outfield Positions, Catcher
Pros: Can play catcher, has good Canadian flair, is go with the flow
Cons: Doesn’t change her socks, has really aggressive eyebrows, thinks it’s bad luck to be yelled at.
Analysis: Every team has to have a back-up catcher. It’s like having a second dude who can play goalie in hockey. There’s just no way to form a real team without one, but Alice adds serious value in that she can play the outfield positions, as well. In fact, she seems to be an outfielder who can catch in case the regular girl gets injured or decides to drive home with her husband with a jacked up foot, rather than the other way around.
Alice is the butt of more than a few jokes in A League Of Their Own. At one point, she literally has flies buzzing around her on account of the not changing her socks thing, but she’s actually a valuable contributor on defense, and her swing is not the worst thing in the world I’ve ever seen.