Bosse Field hosts ‘A League of Their Own’ screening to celebrate 30th anniversary
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - This weekend marks 30 years since “A League of Their Own” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna was released into theaters.
The movie has special ties to the Tri-State area. Parts of the movie were filmed at Bosse Field in Evansville, as well as League Stadium in Huntingburg.
On Saturday, Bosse Field hosted a special showing to commemorate the 30th anniversary.
Admission was free to the public.
It seems like everybody has a story about being involved in the excitement of filming, or at least know somebody who does.
Evansville native Christina Tepool secured a spot in 1992 as an extra in “A League of Their Own,” and was at Bosse field on Saturday, reliving those memories.
“We got up to the table, and we told them, you know, that we’re here, and this one lady says,” says Tepool, “‘Okay, I need you to go to the booth of this dress scene, and you get to dress from head to toe with hats, shoes, dress, purse.’”
Reliving the day, Tepool says she’s still as excited as she was when she was 21 years old, standing in that huge line, waiting for her shot to be, as she calls it, a “real actress.”
“Oh I mean it was exciting, it was, it was very exciting,” says Tepool.
For others, like Evansville residents Steven and Karen Selby, they can remember how much of a buzz the movie generated for their community.
“When it was being filmed, you know, there was so many people that were trying out for other parts, and you’d see people in costumes anywhere around town,” says Karen Selby, “it was always on the news. There was so much hype about it.”
Steven was head groundskeeper at the University of Southern Indiana, and can remember some of the actors having to come train on the field that he was keeping up. Selby says it was neat, and he especially remembers because as he puts it:
“Believe it or not, movie stars are not always athletes, but they had to learn how to handle the ball,” says Steven.
Now 30 years since the movie premiered in theaters for the first time, Tepool and the Selby family got to settle in, kick up their feet, and enjoy something that’s special to each of them in different ways.
“It’s a good Fourth of July with a baseball game and a movie,” says Karen.
Tepool and the Selby couple say they’re glad to see that “A League of Their Own” is still receiving so much love 30 years later.
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