Girls can play baseball, and the world would be remiss to forget about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League that proved just that.
This year, Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, will be hosting the 2nd Annual A League of Their Own Reunion Game as part of the Brentonville Film Festival. The game was inspired by BFF co-founder Geena Davis, who starred in the 1992 film A League of Their Own, which told the story of the two sisters as they played in the women's professional baseball league.
After the event's success from the previous year, Davis and BFF decided to bring the game back once more, even including some family-friendly festivities for guests to enjoy a few hours before first pitch.
"I'm so thrilled to have six of my Rockford Peaches cast mates attending the game this year," stated Davis of this year's festivities.
A League of Their Own was a star-filled film that featured big names such as Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell. The cast mates that will be attending this year's event are Megan Cavanaugh/Marla Hooch, Ann Cusack/Shirley Baker, Tracy Reiner/Betty "Spaghetti" Horn, Anne Ramsay/Helen Haley, Patti Pelton/Marbleann Wilkenson and Freddie Simpson/Ellen Sue Gotlander.
The film allowed people to understand some of the struggles the women encountered while trying to play baseball in a society where the men were busy fighting the war. It showed the difficulties, especially with gender roles, where the players originally got heckled for the stereotypes that women can't play baseball mostly due to the assumption that women were only homemakers. Through Davis' character of Dottie Hinson, as well as all of the baseball team's abilities to play hard, people slowly became more accepting of the fact that gender does not reduce the quality of the player.
The Second Annual A League of Their Own Reunion ballgame will take place on May 8. All tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or in person. Gates open at 12:00 pm, with the First Pitch scheduled for 2:00 pm. More information can be found by visiting Bretonville Film Festival.