Why it’s not the ‘remake’ you expect

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 mightily throws it back to faraway player Ellen Sue (Freddie Simpson) on the field. The nameless spectator, who’s seated in the segregated section, is never seen or heard from again.

It’s a short yet stirring moment that left an impact on Chanté Adams, who co-stars in Amazon’s TV adaptation of “League” (streaming Friday on Prime Video), which is set in the world of women’s professional baseball in the 1940s. 

“I watched the movie as a kid and it was pretty iconic, because it was a sports movie led by women,” Adams says. “But I also remember I was really happy when I saw the one woman on screen that looked like me for all of 10 seconds – and then really sad when she went away.”

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“League” aims 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 real-life team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. But unlike the movie, which starred Geena Davis and Madonna, the series doesn’t gloss over the realities of race and sexuality, and instead puts multiple queer characters and women of color at the center.

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