"A League of Their Own," a baseball film partially shot in Cooperstown, will be the headline screening in the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 14th annual Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, in the museum's Grandstand Theater and Bullpen Theater.
Before the 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, headline screening in the Grandstand Theater, three women from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, who served as the inspiration for "A League of Their Own," are scheduled to share their stories.
At 6:30 p.m., AAGPBL alumnae Maybelle Blair, Shirley Burkovich and Mary Moore — in Cooperstown for an AAGPBL reunion — will participate in a question-and-answer session.
Tickets for the Friday night events, as well as all Film Festival films, are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 607-547-0397, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eleven films, with themes ranging from Ernie Banks to the civil rights battles of Negro Leagues ballplayers, will be screened.
Following Friday’s feature film, all films will be shown in the Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater.
Films will be shown during six blocks throughout the weekend. A complete list of the films to be screened during the weekend is:
Friday, Sept. 20
7 p.m.: "A League of Their Own" (128 minutes): Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell headline a homage to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which fielded women’s baseball teams throughout the Midwest from 1943 to 1954. A fictionalized version of the league’s first season, directed by Penny Marshall, the film was selected in 2012 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Session 1, 9:15 a.m.:
"St. Louis Browns: Fans Remember" (58 minutes): A follow up to 2018’s "The St. Louis Browns, The Team that Baseball Forgot," shown on the PBS network, chronicled the club’s history and corresponding American way of life. This sequel concentrates on the team’s 700-member group that keeps this team’s memories alive, the St. Louis Browns Historical Society & Fan Club. Even though it has been 66 seasons since the Browns last played in St. Louis, baseball’s love affair with these lovable losers remains as strong as ever, presenters said in a media release.
Session 2, 10:45 a.m.:
"Baseball Infinity: The Longest Game in Baseball History" (5 minutes): A look at the 33-inning game between the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings in 1981.
"Ron Rapoport: Remembering Ernie Banks" (8 minutes): Writer Rapoport sheds light on Hall of Famer Banks. Rapoport is the author of "Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks.”
"Bat Boy: My First Day as a Yankee" (11 minutes): Bat boy Matthew McGough shares stories of his "adventurous" first day working with the New York Yankees in the Don Mattingly era, according to the release.
"Perry Barber: The Lady is an Ump!" (18 minutes): Meet Perry Barber: Jeopardy champion, a singer-songwriter who opened for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates and a pioneering umpire who's been calling ’em as she sees ’em since 1981, the release said.
Session 3, 12:30 p.m.:
"Zack Hample vs. The World" (90 minutes): Zack Hample isn’t a professional baseball player, but for more than 25 years he’s been racking up stats as if he was one. The self-described “tenth fielder” has attended thousands of Major League Baseball games at every stadium in the big leagues and has caught some of the biggest home runs in recent memory, according to the release.
Session 4, 2:30 p.m.:
"50 Summers" (93 minutes): Film-goers will follow the evolution of minor league baseball over the last half century through the ups and downs of the Omaha franchise as it kicks off its historic 50th season as the affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — the longest in Triple-A baseball.
Session 5, 4:30 p.m.:
"The Other Boys of Summer" (40 minutes): "The Other Boys of Summer" explores civil rights in America through the lives of the Negro League baseball players. The film is narrated by Cicely Tyson and features never-before-seen interviews with the trailblazers who played alongside Jackie Robinson and changed baseball and America forever, the release said.
"Brothers All Are We" (33 minutes): In the summer of 1934, amid the Great Depression and Jim Crow, the lives of 15 young men are changed for playing a game of baseball with their teammate and friend Ernest "Bunny" Taliaferro, according to the release.
Session 6, 7 p.m.:
"The Silent Natural" (140 minutes): He made thousands of fans cheer, but never heard one. William "Dummy" Hoy was one of the first deaf Major League Baseball players in the 1800s. He overcame many obstacles to became one of the greatest players of his time.
For more information, visit baseballhall.org/events.