1992’s baseball classic A League of Their Own all comes down to one big moment, wherein Kit Keller (Lori Petty) storms home plate and spikes her own sister, Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis), resulting in Dottie dropping the ball and Kit winning the game for her team. It’s a wonderful achievement for Kit, overcoming her more talented older sister... unless, that is, Dottie dropped the ball on purpose just to give her sibling a win.
Petty herself won’t hear of it, telling The Ringer, “I knew you were going to ask me that. [People who believe that are] insane. I kicked her a**!”
Bitty Schram, who played Evelyn Gardner, on the other hand, believes Dottie intended to drop the ball - but with a caveat:
[But did Dottie drop the ball] on purpose at the end of the movie? If I had to pick, I would say subconsciously yes because she knew how much more it meant to Kit, and she was too good of a player. From what I remember subconsciously, yes.
Kelly Candaele, who produced the documentary the film was based on, and whose mother and aunt inspired the characters of Dottie and Kit, has a strong stance on the debate:
My mom would never have dropped the ball, ever. I always tell people that. People say, oh, she did it on purpose, isn’t that nice and sweet, she let her sister win. No one would do that! The betrayal of your own teammates, not to mention the betrayal of your own integrity... you ask yourself, would I betray my teammates like that, in a World Series game, so my bratty sister could win? I mean, it makes no sense. It absolutely makes no sense. Psychologically it makes no sense. Morally it makes no sense. It’s condescending. If you knock someone over and knock the ball out, that’s baseball.
Of course, the most definitive answer would have to come from Davis herself, but don’t expect that anytime soon. As she explains, “I'll say two things about that. No. 1: I know the answer. Because it was me, of course, I know the answer. And No. 2: No, I'm not going to answer that question. I never have, and I never will.”