TIME WARP: Why Madonna Is Our #1 Baseball Superstar

It’s baseball season, everyone! Major League games started up once again Sunday, and even though the Red Sox beat the Yankees (boo! hiss!), we’re still ready to celebrate the occasion with a look back at one of the most stylish players ever to step up to the plate — even if she isn’t really what you’d call a pro.

We’re talking, of course, about Madonna, and her spunky, take-no-shit character Mae Mordabito in the seminal 1992 film A League Of Their Own. The movie is a tried-and-true classic, for both its feminist backstory and its killer cast (Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tom Hanks co-star). It’s also, in our humble opinion, the perfect way to usher in a summer of ballparks and beer.

Plus, here’s a funny bit of movie trivia: Madonna wrote a letter to photographer Steven Meisel while filming in Evanston, Illinois:

“I cannot suffer any more than I have in the past month, learning how to play baseball with a bunch of girls (yuk) in Chicago (double yuk). I have a tan, I’m dirty all day, and I hardly ever wear make up. Penny Marshall, Lavern (sic), Geena Davis is a Barbie Doll, and when God decided where the beautiful men were going to live in the world, he did not choose Chicago. I have made a few friends but they are athletes, not actresses. They have nothing on the house of extravaganza. I wish I could come to N.Y.”

This wasn’t her last foray into the world of fastball, however. According to Jose Canseco, Madge pursued the then-Oakland A player back in the 90s (albeit unsuccessfully), and who can forget her “affair of the heart” with A-Rod a few years back?

Clearly, this is a woman who knows how to play ball:

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