Feedback: ‘League of Their Own’ doesn’t tell the full story

You can read the otherwise fine articles on the new TV series “A League of Their Own” by Helene Elliott in the sports section [“A Baseball Pioneer in a League of Her Own,” Aug. 9] and Jen Yamato in the calendar section [“Whole New Ballgame,” Aug. 22]one might get the impression that Penny Marshall’s film of the same name is the starting point of the story.

Marshall’s film is based on Kelly Candaele’s documentary of the same name. His film for PBS was part of a series that won an Emmy. Candaele wrote the documentary in honor of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and his mother, who starred in it for five years. Helen Callaghan Candaele won the league batting title in 1945. Kelly Candaele helped Marshall with her film version, and his brother Casey played in the major leagues with the Houston Astros.

John Perez

North Hollywood

On “Why the ‘Better Call Saul’ finale rocked Odenkirk” [Aug. 16]: Unsurprisingly, former President Trump is struggling to hire experienced attorneys to extricate him from his recent legal jeopardy. He “better call Saul.”

Lynne Tieslau Jewell

Los Feliz

Evolving idea of ​​marriage

When it comes to modern marriage, most people, including The Times’ Mary McNamara, don’t mention how the whole “marriage” thing came about [“Let’s Talk About Marital Reality,” Aug. 18].

Back to primitive men and women, each had a very primitive need. Men wanted to procreate and needed someone to take care of those children. Women gave birth to babies who needed nourishment and protection. So basically it was a very informal mutual aid agreement. This agreement evolved over time as society changed and people lived longer.

In the past at least one or both partners died quite young. But now people can live long enough to easily be married for 25 years. My marriage just surpassed 55 years, which would have horrified my younger self who couldn’t imagine living that old.

People need to reconsider the concept of marriage to the same person for life. People change over such a long period of time, and not all couples can change in the same way. Recognizing this could take away the stigma of a “failed” marriage. Instead, for most, the marriage was a success, and when people later changed, a marriage review might be warranted.

Laura Neuman

Santa Barbara

A songwriter with flair

Regarding Greg Braxton’s appreciation, “Lamont Dozier bare his heart and soul” [Aug. 11]: The Four Tops’ rousing anthem, “I Can’t Help Myself,” rose to #1 on the charts. Fueled by Levi Stubbs’ driving vocals, the tops’ candied harmonies, Jack Ashford’s enchanting tambourine and Dozier’s catchy lyrics, it catapulted Motown into the music pantheon. Rolling Stone magazine said Dozier picked the refrain “sugar pie, honey bundle” from his grandfather, who called the ladies his hairdresser’s wife beautified “sugar pie” or “honey bundle.”

Dozier freed the fear embedded in relationships and created contagious melodramas that clapped feet and hands. Mr. Dozier, thanks for the music.

Marc D Greenwood

Opelika, Ala. Feedback: ‘League of Their Own’ doesn’t tell the full story

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