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Dinner & a Movie: A League of Their Own

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Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while they watch.

We've asked her to start sharing the menus for her favorite films with us -- here's the latest installment: nostalgic baseball flick A League of Their Own.

A League of Their Own 


I have a weakness for baseball movies.

I think my particular fondness for them might have something to do with the fact that I lived and breathed softball for nearly eleven years ... but, then again, there is also something universally amazing about baseball flicks. Bear with me here, and just think: The Natural, Bull Durham, The Sandlot.

But, for me, one baseball film stands far and away ahead of the crowd: A League of Their Own.

A League of Their Own 

Directed by Penny Marshall in 1992, A League of Their Own celebrates the true story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which originated during WWII as a way to maintain baseball as a public diversion as professional male players went off to war. Marshall focuses her film on the first season of the league and on the exploits of one specific team, The Rockford Peaches. It's hard to really pick out a star from the team, the cast of which includes the likes of both Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna, among many other wonderful characters.

However, catcher Dottie Henson (Geena Davis) is the real star of the show. Beyond earning the title "The Queen of Diamonds" for her ability to "Play like Gehrig and look like Garbo," Dottie's relationship with her kid sister Kit (Lori Petty) drives the entirety of the film. Then of course, there's Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks, in what I sometimes think is his greatest performance), alcoholic, former home run champ, generally hilarious.

A League of Their Own 

Beyond giving the players of the AAGPBL a voice and containing some of the most-quotable sports phrases ever, A League of Their Own captures something that few other sports films really convey: the thrill of what it is to play. Tom Hanks's character says it best: "Baseball is what gets inside of you, it's what lights you up. There's no denying that ... If it wasn't hard everybody would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." To this day, whenever I watch this film, I can almost feel the infield dirt under my feet. "It's what lights you up." Indeed.

I recognize that not all of us necessarily played baseball, or softball, or, perhaps, any type of sport -- but I am sure that you can harness some of the thrill from even just watching a game. Thus, this week's menu. Food52 has a surprising amount of recipes that can be read as more sophisticated versions of ballpark snacks. So sit back and enjoy watching an old-time ballgame, with a little liquor and bacon thrown in for good measure. Then, of course, there's the cake, which is obviously in support of my favorite team. Go Peaches!

A League of Their Own 

The trailers for this film are absolutely atrocious (they include an adjusted version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with the line "Who Says Girls Can't Play Baseball." Instead, I bring you the following rather famous sneak peek:


Baseball Snacks, Food52 Style

A Tribute to Woody (Homemade Ginger Ale Float) by inpatskitchen

A Tribute to Woody (Homemade Ginger Ale Float)


Tipsy Maple Corn by thirschfeld

Tipsy Maple Corn


Quick-Pickled Cucumber-Melon Salad by MeghanVK

Quick-Pickled Cucumber-Melon Salad


Yum Dogs by vvvanessa

Yum Dogs


Simple Summer Peach Cake by Savour

Simple Summer Peach Cake

See what Elena's serving with The Age of Innocence, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, City Lights, Jaws, Singin' in the Rain, Bright Star, and Hot Fuzz.

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Comments (11)


about 4 years ago bugbitten

I'd love to share this meal and movie if only someone would send an evite! My thoughts on this film revolve around what a triumph it is for its director, Penny Marshall, from da Bronx, who brought together a cast of actors with disparate egos into a unified, moving narrative of quite heroism. This is a wonderfully American film (and menu).


about 4 years ago Waverly

Thank you for reminding me about A League of Their Own! It is a great movie. Your dinner is perfectly matched to it. In fact, I think I will copy your dinner and movie for our next extended family dinner. Thank you.


about 4 years ago MeghanVK

I cry like a baby every time I watch this movie, at the same scenes, EVERY SINGLE TIME! Thanks for including my recipe!


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Terrific menu for a terrific movie!


about 4 years ago TXExpatInBKK

Thanks for reminding me about this fantastic movie and for giving me great ideas on what to snack on while I watch! Cheers, Elena!


about 4 years ago Cookhacker

One of my favorite movies of all time...and here is a great recipe for homemade Cracker Jacks to eat while you watch it. You gotta have Cracker Jacks when watching baseball!


about 4 years ago Elycooks

My kids also LOVE this movie - 16 y/o girl and 13 y/o boy. We must see it once a month. How fun to do a bball themed dinner around it. Thanks for the great ideas!


about 4 years ago Ladystiles

I watched that movie religiously as a young girl. I haven't thought about it in a long time - I might have to revisit it for old times sake!


about 4 years ago lakelurelady

Such a great post about baseball and that movie which we all love. There is no crying in food contests either. Great picks for the food.


about 4 years ago ApronAdventures

I love that movie and love the idea of throwing a dinner party to accompany it. What a great idea!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I LOVE this movie, Tom Hanks is amazing the whole cast and the food you picked is perfect. Very nice!!!