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The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a movie starring Todd Field, Kurt Russell, and Rob Nelson. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
... Himself
... Himself
Rob Nelson ... Himself
Jim Swanson ... Himself
Frank Peters
Robert Richardson ... Himself
Carren Woods
Jon Yoshiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Bouton ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Garza ... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)


The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the legendary Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball. Skeptics agreed it would never work. But Bing's Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell - Bing's son - as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of ... Written by Anonymous

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The one team that had a pair


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11 July 2014 (Netherlands)  »


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$75,000 (estimated)
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Frank Peters: I once asked him, "Bing, how come you have such a variety of people around you?" And he says, "Frank, life and the Mavericks are like a movie. And a movie has one key scene, maybe it's only three minutes." I think he talked about the chimney sweep scene in Mary Poppins. "Everything builds up to that, and everything comes off of that. And you never know who's going to come up with that magical idea at that magic moment."
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Threatening the status quo...
25 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film is a very compelling documentary about the little guy tweaking the nose of baseball and getting away with it...kind of. It's about Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) and his ownership of the minor league ball club, the Portland Mavericks. But, unlike most other teams, his team was not affiliated with a major league team but was an independent that scraped together players rejected by other teams. And, what shocked the league was that the team was SUPER-successful and set attendance records...and won a lot of games. But, this rag-tag group of castoffs also irritated the powers that be because they had attitude and didn't play the game exactly like the rest. What's next? See the film.

Aside from some music that was too repetitive, the film was amazingly well made--especially since it was made for Netflix. You just don't expect this sort of thing being made for this DVD service!! But, it's well done and will be of interest to everyone--even those who couldn't care less about sports. Worth seeing.

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