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What Boys Think of Girls

The Mythbusters Ask, Is “Throw Like A Girl” An Insult? [VIDEO]

Interesting. Interesting.

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so long and thanks for all the fish

R.I.P. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, Inspiration for Dottie in A League of Their Own

True Story: The last time I saw the tail end of A League of Their Own, I had to look away so that I didn’t cry (becausethere’snocryinginbaseball). True details: I was running. On a treadmill. At the gym. And the television was on mute. One of the last times I was actually unable to not cry even by great force of will at a movie screening, it was a combination of watching The Muppets and knowing that Jim Henson‘s wife and daughter were in attendance.

So, from this evidence, I postulate that if there was anything guaranteed to make me cry buckets of salt tears, it would have been watching A League of Their Own with Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, who died this weekend at the age of 88.

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Meanwhile...

Penny Marshall Insisted On Athletic Actresses For A League of Their Own [VIDEO]

Tonight at 8 p.m. on the MLB Network, Bob Costas interviews Penny Marshall about her 1992 baseball film, A League of Their Own. The film, a fictional representation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, starred Geena Davis, Madonna, and more but as it turns out, there were a few actresses who didn’t make the cut for a very specific reason – they couldn’t play baseball. Listen to Marshall’s stance on the casting process and find out which other famous actress didn’t wind up with a part because of her husband. Catch the rest of the interview, including a chat with Davis, tonight on MLB.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Nadia Diaz Strikes Out 19 Boys In Six-Inning Little League Championship Game

Playing sports is a very gendered experience. After all, teams are often single-gender, and sometimes the game itself is modified depending on who’s playing. Softball, with its bigger ball and overhand throw, is culturally regulated to girls, even though it started as an all men’s sport, while games like baseball and football are thought of as the realm of men and boys. For 11-year-old Nadia Diaz, however, softball just isn’t for her: it’s “too girly” and frankly, she can hold her own on the baseball field. Where else could she find an opportunity to strike 19 boys out while pitching a Little League championship-winning game?

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Today in Awesome

A League of Their Own Screening Reunites Veteran All American Girls Baseball Players

There may not be any crying in baseball but something tells me a few tears might be shed at Friday’s screening of the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own. Why? Because veterans of the actual All American Girls Professional Baseball League will be in attendance and let’s face it, we cried during that movie and it wasn’t even about us.

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