An Open Invitation to Tom Hanks: You’re Invited to Southern Indiana ‘A League of Their Own’ Costars Miss You
As we get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of 'A League of Their Own', I thought it would be nice to offer actor Tom Hanks a little Hoosier hospitality.
Wait, 1992 Was How Long Ago?
For those of us of a certain age, the 90s seem like ten years or so ago. Then we realize that 1992 was thirty years ago, and so instead of dwelling on that cruel fact, let's turn our attention to an actor that many of us worked with in the now-classic baseball movie.
Extras with Stars in Our Eyes
My mom let my brother and me skip school to be extras in 'A League of Their Own'. We got up earlier than we would've if we were going to school, and headed to Bosse Field. I was so starstruck. We went through hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Off to the stands we went to be extras, along with real actors and some cardboard cutouts.
Tom Hanks Encounter
Between filming scenes, Tom Hanks was throwing a baseball around. It left the field and landed smack dab in the stands. Well, it landed in the roped-off Do Not Enter area. So, my brother Michael took off after it, paying no attention to the posted rules. My mom went after him. I stayed in my seat because I didn't want to get kicked out. They had a nice interaction with Tom Hanks and Rosie O'Donnell. My brother kept the signed baseball until he thought it would be a good idea to play outside with it. So, maybe there's a little bit of crying in baseball.
Evansville, IN in a League of its Own
A League of Their Own'
"I would probably say A League of Their Own would be number 1 because all I did all summer was play baseball. I shagged [fly] balls, I ate turkey dogs, I played baseball all summer long in Evansville, IN. And I had all of my kids with me. I had all of my family with me. We lived in a house in the middle of cornfields. We went to Burger King at night and Dairy Queen in the afternoon. It was a great summer, and my family still speaks about it."