1992: Bill Clinton was elected president, the Rodney King riots rocked Los Angeles, Eric Clapton released “Tears In Heaven” following the death of his son, and the movie “A League of Their Own” premiered in theaters.
The film tells the story of the Rockford Peaches, a women’s professional baseball team.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film, which has close ties to the Hoosier state. Bosse Field was built in Evansville, Indiana in 1915 and served as the backdrop for many of the film’s scenes.
“This is the third oldest ballpark in America behind Wrigley field and Fenway. We’re one of the most historic places in Evansville and I think also one of the most historic places in baseball.”
“This is the third oldest ballpark in America behind Wrigley field and Fenway,” says Bosse Field Account Executive Lucas Corley. “We’re one of the most historic places in Evansville and I think also one of the most historic places in baseball.”
The makers of the film needed a small-town stadium that would fit in the 1940s.
“With Bosse being such a historic place, it has that old-timey feel, set during World War II. It just kind of made sense for them to find an old ballpark,” Corley says.
The film is best known for Tom Hanks’ iconic line, which was filmed at the Indiana park.
“Well one of the most famous scenes is, of course, the ‘There is no crying in baseball!’ That’s the scene that really sticks out to people,” Corley says.
Bosse Field has featured showings of the film and had actors return for the 20th anniversary. They hope to have some of the actors come back to the field for the 25th year celebration.
“Fingers crossed that if Tom Hanks sees this that we can get him to come back out,” Corley says. “We’d love to have him back.”
Bosse Field has hosted many teams throughout the decades, with one hundred Hall of Famers having played on the field. Today, they are the home of the Evansville Otters.