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The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

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:
Todd Field ... Self
Kurt Russell ... Self
Rob Nelson Rob Nelson ... Self
Jim Swanson Jim Swanson ... Self
Frank Peters Frank Peters ... Self
Robert Richardson Robert Richardson ... Self
Carren Woods Carren Woods
Jon Yoshiwara Jon Yoshiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Bouton ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Garagiola ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Garza Joe Garza ... Self
Bing Russell ... Self (archive footage)
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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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Though it's not disclosed here, both of this documentary's co-directors, as well as its music producer, are the grandsons of the film's main character Bing Russell, and the nephews of Bing's son Kurt Russell. See more »

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Todd Field: 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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References In the Bedroom (2001) See more »

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Geeky Randy
4 August 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

Documentary about Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creating the only independent baseball team in America at the time, operating without a Major League affiliation. From public tryouts to the in-your-face attitude, the 1973–1977 Portland Mavericks are a thrill to watch. Featuring interviews with Kurt Russell, Todd Field, Frank "The Flake" Peters, Joe Garza, Jim Bouton and Joe Garagiola. What's even more exciting than hearing about these underdogs win is hearing about Bing Russell going face-to-face with the powerful establishment of Major League Baseball and basically telling them that the only rules he'll play by are the rules of baseball. Nowadays, however, it feels a bit ironic that a guy like Bing Russell, the man who did it all for the love of the game which included practically giving the middle finger to the bureaucracy of sporting establishments, would be a New York Yankees fan.

***½ (out of four)


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11 July 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Những Đứa Con Hoang Bị Vùi Dập Của Bóng Chày See more »

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