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Let's All Cry Together Over This Intersectional Moment From "A League Of Their Own"

"It did bother us that in order to be historically accurate, we could not have a diverse cast," one of the film's screenwriters told BuzzFeed News.

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As all who have allowed joy into their hearts know, the 1992 seminal classic A League Of Their Own follows a group of women who join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) during World War II.

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While many men were away fighting in WWII, Major League Baseball executives wanted to keep the sport in the public eye. So they brought in teams of women to form the AAGPBL. A League Of Their Own is a fictionalized portrayal of the Rockford Peaches, one of the legendary teams that ended up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. TL;DR YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE.

July 1, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the film. Which means we have an excuse to talk about the A League of Their Own's most underrated — and intersectional! — moment.


We see that her arm is MIGHTILY IMPRESSIVE.

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The black woman is unnamed in the movie and not credited. BuzzFeed News has reached out to the film's casting director about her identity.

It's a short moment but an important acknowledgement: This is a movie about an interesting and pivotal time in history for women — but not all women were allowed to participate in it. Many were blocked out simply for factors like race, no matter how talented.

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The scene speaks volumes: These women were there, and they were just as talented as the white women who were allowed in.

"It did bother us that in order to be historically accurate [about the AAGPBL], we could not have a diverse cast," Lowell Ganz, one of the film's screenwriters, told BuzzFeed News in an email. "We came upon that scene as a way to make the point."

Alanna Bennett is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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