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
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Bing would keep guys on the roster that had no business being there. He would keep a thirty-man roster or something. That's fucking nuts, for a Class A baseball team with no funding. What's he doing, keeping thirty guys on a roster? What he did was, he personalized the game in a way to where if you couldn't find yourself as a fan in one of those players, you didn't belong at the ballpark. There was somebody there for everyone. Bing knew he was giving the town of Portland a show, and he was ...
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Best thing to hit Portland between triple A tens here.
Just want to say I was at the first tryouts for the team and it was a savory sight there were guys out there that when they had batting practice each one got so many swings I think and there were guy that couldn't even hit a batting practice picture. I remember a left-handed catcher from Vancouver WA, an older guy that was also a catcher I don't think he made the team rather he wasn't half bad but I think his age was against him. The game frank the Flake Peters played all nine positions I think he pitched the 8 inning and threw 9 pitches and retired the side all nine pitches were knuckle balls. One day in tryouts there was a kid from Spokane WA and he got hurt his shoulder and they ask if I would take him to the hospital I took him and when I went back the next day he left during the night They had no insurance and he didn't have any. They were a fun bunch to watch. At the time Frank Peters was the first to steal first base. He just picked it up and left the park.
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