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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall on her homerun ''A League of Their Own'' - The director reminisces about her film on WWII women ballplayers, now out on DVD

''It was hot -- 120 degrees at home plate.'' That's what sticks with director Penny Marshall about A League of Their Own, her hit about the WWII-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In honor of the two-disc special edition (PG, 128 mins., 1992, Columbia TriStar), Marshall gave us the play-by-play.

I COUNT AT LEAST THREE OF YOUR RELATIVES IN THE CREDITS -- DAUGHTER TRACY REINER, BROTHER GARRY, AND NIECE KATHLEEN.

This was the first time I'd ever shot on location, in Evansville, Indiana. I called everyone I knew because I get scared.

IT LOOKED LIKE THE ACTRESSES HAD SOME NASTY INJURIES.

They wore period wool uniforms with skirts, so when you slide, it really hurts. But no one wanted to sit out. Rosie [O'Donnell] played with broken fingers, the girl on first base broke her nose, and Lori [Petty] had a cast under her sock. But no one ever said, ''Oooh, I'm hurt.''

ROSIE DOES QUITE AN IMITATION OF YOU ON THE DVD.

It's all wrong. I have to do her doing me. But I look at it as flattery. As long as no one's hitting me.

Originally posted Apr 23, 2004 Published in issue #761 Apr 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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