13. The actresses really needed to play hardball, coaching some eight hours a day, six days per week for seven-and-a-half months. “That bruise on Renee Coleman [backup catcher Alice Gaspers] from [sliding into base]—that was actual,” mentioned Reiner. “That was not one pinch of make-up. She had that bruise for, like, 10 years.”

14. In the meantime Anne Ramsay (first baseman Helen Haley), broke her nostril about two weeks earlier than filming began. “It was the primary day that we switched from modern-day mitts to genuine, classic mitts from the ’40s. The mitts had been restored a little bit bit, however they had been the unique offers. We had been in Chicago, the coach throws me the ball…and perhaps the fourth time he threw it, it simply slips and hits me,” she shared. “They took me to the hospital, and we needed to reset it, and my nostril has by no means been the identical. However who cares!”

15. There have been a couple of smooth balls, although, for the sake of the crew. “You are really hitting within the route of the digital camera crew,” Davis instructed USA At present. “For close-ups, these balls had been squishy. They seemed like actual baseballs, however they had been all spongy inside so we would not clock anybody.”