We all know the scene from ‘A League of Their Own’.
During a baseball game in Penny Marshall’s 1992 comedy, a black woman (DeLisa Chinn-Tyler) in the stands recovers a foul ball and forcefully tosses it back to distant player Ellen Sue (Freddie Simpson) on the field. The nameless spectator, who sits in the separated area, is never seen or heard from again.
It’s a brief but touching moment that impressed Chanté Adams, who stars in Amazon’s TV adaptation of “League” (streamed Fridays on Prime Video), set in the world of women’s professional baseball in the 1940s.
“I saw the movie as a kid and it was pretty iconic because it was a women-led sports movie,” Adams says. “But I also remember being very happy when I saw that one woman on the screen who looked like me for ten seconds – and then very sad when she left.”
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“League” wants to correct that. Co-created by Abbi Jacobson (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) and Will Graham (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”), the eight-episode season charts the formation of Illinois’ Rockford Peaches, a true All-American team. American Girls Professional Baseball League. But unlike the film, starring Geena Davis and Madonna, the series doesn’t obscure the realities of race and sexuality, instead putting multiple queer characters and women of color at the center.