It had been years since I saw the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, about the first professional women’s baseball league in the U.S. But when a reader told me that the Victorian mansion that doubled as their boarding house was on the market for $799,000, I sat down and watched it again.
It was a great old house in Henderson, Kentucky, that they filmed in. Here’s how it looked in the movie, when stars like Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna were playing the members of a baseball team who were living in it:
The place is huge, with nearly 17,000 square feet. (*Update: one listing I saw said 16,800. Another says 8,400 square feet. That sounds much more likely to me, so I’m thinking the 16,800 must be the incorrect number. Thanks to Margot for pointing that out!)
It has 3 stories and a full basement that have all been restored and updated.
You can see how Madonna was used to living at the time–in her chic Manhattan apartment–here.
I tried to lighten these movie snapshots, but these scenes were all filmed at night and they still look dark. Sorry for making you squint!
Set decoration was done by George DeTitta Jr., who also worked on films like Sabrina and–one of my favorites–Stepmom. (The real Stepmom house was for sale earlier this year–you can see the photos here.)
The kitchen and bathrooms have all been updated. Again, I wish the photos were better. I’ve been checking every day for the last two weeks to see if they’d add new ones. I guess these are the ones they’re sticking with!
I always tear up at the end of the movie when all the players get together again years later as old women for their induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (in real life they were honored with a permanent exhibit in the museum). And I love the “Old Timers’ Game” played during the final credits.