A League of Their Own, the 1992 movie featuring Tom Hanks and Madonna that told the story about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), was 75 percent correct, Lois Youngen tells Eugene Weekly. Youngen, who is 85 years old and lives in Eugene, played catcher from 1951 to 1954 in the league for the Fort Wayne Daisies and South Bend Blue Sox — both teams based in Indiana. She says the movie did a great job overall of telling the story of the baseball league that no one would’ve known about unless you lived around Lake Michigan. One thing that she says she always likes to set the record straight about is the legend of Jimmie Foxx, who’s ranked in the top 20 of Major League Baseball’s home run leaders with 534 career home runs. Hanks played a thinly veiled Foxx in the movie, but he wasn’t uncontrollably drunk all the time. In 1952, Youngen played for Foxx when he managed the Fort Wayne Daisies. “He was an alcoholic, but he was not a falling-down drunk,” she says. “He never missed a game, never drank in front of us, never drank on the bus, never missed the bus, never… Read full this story
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