The inside story of how A League of Their Own—one of the most beloved baseball movies of all time—developed from an unheralded piece of American history into a perennial cinematic favorite. Featuring exclusive interviews and behind the scenes memories from the original cast and creators, .
No Crying in Baseball is a rollicking, revelatory deep dive into a one‑of‑a‑kind film. Before A League of Their Own, few American girls could imagine themselves playing professional ball (and doing it better than the boys). But Penny Marshall's genre outlier became an instant classic and significant aha moment for countless young women who saw that throwing like a girl was far from an insult.
Part fly‑on‑the‑wall narrative, part immersive pop nostalgia, No Crying in Baseball is for readers who love stories about subverting gender roles as well as fans of the film who remain passionate thirty years after its release. With key anecdotes from the cast, crew, and diehard fanatics, Carlson presents the definitive, first‑ever history of the making of the treasured film that inspired generations of Dottie Hinsons to dream bigger and aim for the sky.
About the Author
Erin Carlson is a culture and entertainment journalist, and the author of three Hollywood history books, including I’ll Have What She’s Having and Queen Meryl. Her work appears in many publications, including Vanity Fair, Town & Country and her Substack newsletter, You’ve Got Mail. She lives in San Francisco.
“A definitive history of the biggest female-driven sports movie ever. Erin Carlson not only delivers juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits but also reminds us why A League of Their Own still matters all these years later.”—Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia and When Women Invented Television
“Baseball stories are never just about baseball, Erin Carlson reminds us. And Carlson’s baseball story, about the making of A League of Their Own, is about the business of Hollywood, the telling of women’s stories, the magic that ensues when the right performers meet the right director and the right script, and what, precisely, takes place when Madonna, at the height of her fame, decamps for the third-largest city in Indiana to shoot a movie. No Crying in Baseball is sheer, joyous fun, studded with insight into the grit and determination it took then—and now!—to make a movie that celebrated the accomplishments of women.”—Saul Austerlitz, author Generation Friends
“If you’re a fan of A League of Their Own, you’ll love all the behind the scenes info, and if you’re not already a fan, this book will make you want to watch immediately! Erin brilliantly weaves juicy stories with the triumphant tale of getting the historic film made. I loved it. Perhaps there's no crying in baseball, but you may shed a tear or two of joy while reading this wonderful book!”—Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This?
“The second you saw A League of Their Own, you knew it was the type of movie we’d be talking about for decades. Decades later, with No Crying in Baseball, Erin Carlson gives us the definitive account not just of its making, but its continuing—and probably eternal—cultural impact. This book provides the same giddy sensations as the film: Laughter, tears, joy, and that incredible feeling of being a part of something larger than yourself. I loved every word of this—every word.”—Will Leitch, author of How Lucky and The Time Has Come
“Everything you could ever want to know about arguably the most celebrated baseball film of all time is offered by Erin Carlson in her new book….Carlson delivers…there are no bases left untouched….No Crying In Baseball is a better, more lasting experience of League than when meeting the real people who created the most entertaining baseball fantasy ever….Every page of No Crying In Baseball is a treasure trove of exciting ‘inside information; on who was doing what with whom, in front of the cameras and after hours on location….The only question left for Carlson to address is, could she please pen a sequel? What was left on the proverbial cutting floor should fill up another couple hundred pages.”—The Bradenton Times
“Afly-on-the-wall adventure through the making of A League of Their Own, 30 years later, complete with interviews with the film’s lead herself, Geena Davis, and first-person accounts of on-set memories and captivating stories from the original creators.”—Queerty
“[An] entertaining look at a memorable movie and the unique woman who directed it….The author’s playful tone and narratorial asides make this a charming read."—Kirkus Reviews
“No Crying in Baseball offers tears, laughs, and more….[a] fascinating story….You’ll turn the pages of No Crying in Baseball even if you don’t know a center fielder from a short stop.”—Washington Blade
"Among the 100 or so baseball books published this year, one stands out as the most creative, most unlikely, and most unusual."—IWBAA Newsletter
“This is deliriously fun stuff…. Epic fan service and undeniable movie-history magic.”—Booklist
“Thorough, detailed, and affectionate, this book will appeal to sports, history, and film fans."—Library Journal
"No Crying in Baseball...is an inside fastball of a book."—The Cap Times
“[Erin Carlson’s] book is a part of the permanent collection….It’s gold….It’s such a wonderful book.”—“Baseball and Barbeque” podcast
“No Crying in Baseball takes a fascinating look behind the scenes…With amazing stories…[Carlson’s] book brings the movie alive.”—The Twin Bill