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"A League of Their Own," was inspired by the very real experience of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed in 1943 with most of this country's male ballplayers in military service during World War II.  If somehow you missed this marvelous motion picture starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks (with entertaining lesser roles by Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna, and Jon Lovitz), here is the opening 9 ½ minutes. My guess is you'll stream the movie by the end of this weekend.

Directed by Penny Marshall, the film contains many affecting scenes. The most iconic dialogue comes from manager Jimmy Dugan, a former player battling alcohol and a sense of his own failure. His character "arcs," as they say in Hollywood, but not before he memorably dresses down one of his players, Evelyn Gardner, for throwing to the wrong base.

"You let the tying run get on second base and we lost the lead because of you," the manager says. "Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass!"

With that, Evelyn starts to cry.

"Are you crying?" Jimmy asks her. "Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"

At this point, Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell) intercedes. "Why don't you give her a break, Jimmy."

"Oh, you zip it, Doris!" says Dugan. "Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pig shit. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?"

"No, no, no," replies Evelyn.

"Yeah! NO," shouts Jimmy. "And do you know why? Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!"

And that's our quote of the week.

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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