1. Consider the example of one of the most frequently played highlights from the 2009 Major League Baseball season, the unassisted triple play turned by Philadelphia Phillies infielder Eric Bruntlett on August 23. The triple play, recording three outs on a single play, is of course a rarity, but this event was heralded because Bruntlett required no assistance to achieve the play; he did it on his own. [return to page 1 of essay]
2. This image of the individual alone in the locker room appears in several other baseball films. In Bull Durham the first time we enter the locker room, Nuke LaLoosh is in there without any other players. A League of Their Own actually inverts this trope and features Dottie Henson alone in the locker room at the end of the movie.
3. Rudd and Most’s dramatic overestimation of the importance of community in the baseball film finds an easy explanation. Their essay—and the entire book in which it appears—was originally presented as part of an exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Naturally, their argument possesses an extremely pro-baseball ideology agenda. [return to page 2 of essay]
4. Though released in 1992, I consider A League of Their Own very much a part of the baseball film tradition of the 1980s. Much as George H.W. Bush followed the trajectory of his predecessor in the White House, so A League of Their Own conforms to the categorization of 80s baseball movies. [return to page 3 of essay]
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