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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 ... Himself
Kurt Russell ... Himself
Rob Nelson Rob Nelson ... Himself
Jim Swanson Jim Swanson ... Himself
Frank Peters Frank Peters
Robert Richardson Robert Richardson ... Himself
Carren Woods Carren Woods
Jon Yoshiwara Jon Yoshiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Bouton Jim Bouton ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Garagiola ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Garza Joe Garza ... Himself
Bing Russell ... 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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11 July 2014 (Netherlands) See more »


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$75,000 (estimated)
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Todd Field: When I think about the Mavericks, I don't really think much about baseball. I think about those guys. I think about those characters, and the fact that they enjoyed themselves more than I'd ever seen grown men enjoy themselves. I remember thinking I hope I feel that way when I grow up. And that was as profound a guiding light as I would ever get.
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Most Wins by Any Minor League Team in 1977?
28 August 2016 | by mjhill502000See all my reviews

This show was very entertaining because for me it brought back great memories of my minor league career. I happened to play for the best minor league team in baseball from 1976-1977. The Corpus Christi Seagulls in South Texas were members of The Gulf States League in 1976 and Lone Star League in 1977. Our two year combined record was 103- 54! Our manager for those two summers was not so famous then than he was later was Leo Mazzone. Pitching coach for Atlanta Braves. I believe the Portland Mavericks in 1977 were 44-22. The Corpus Christi Seagulls were 53-27and averaged close to 5,000 a game. In 1976 we were 50 and 27 with close to the same attendance in a city much smaller than Portland. Where would you rather be Curt Russell? I think you should have said City by the Sparkling Sea Corpus Christi! Come on Netflix we have some great stories about that league too!

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