The Battered Bastards of Baseball


The jaw-dropping true story of a real-life “Bad News Bears,” this inspiring documentary recounts the history of the Portland Mavericks, an independent professional baseball team that broke attendance records in 1973 with a roster that included a blacklisted former Yankee pitcher, a left-handed catcher, the sport’s first female general manager, and young movie star Kurt Russell, whose actor father Bing was the scrappy team’s owner.

Year: 2014
Certificate: G
Director: Chapman Way, Maclain Way

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I know what you’re probably thinking baseball is just glorified rounders, an American Sport, I don’t watch it or know anything about it so why should I watch this film? Well, that’s what I’m about to tell you.

Bing Russell loved baseball and grew up around the New York Yankees, he made instructional videos about baseball and instead of a pool in his back yard he had a batting cage. Above all he was an actor and when the show ‘Bonanza’ was cancelled he didn’t know what he would do next, until…

In 1973 when AAA baseball left Portland Oregon it looked as if minor league baseball was gone forever, that is until Hollywood star Bing hit town. With the dream of taking baseball back to it’s roots and turning it back into the game he grew up watching Bing sets about starting Americas only independent minor league team, The Portland Mavericks.

This is a true underdog story of how an independent team made up of has-beens and was-nots was able to compete against the major-league backed farm teams. It is the story of what ‘organised baseball’ thought of Bing’s attempt at bringing independent baseball back to the minor leagues, told by those who know the story best: Bing’s son, former maverick and vice president Kurt Russell, and other former players and staff including batboy Todd Field, manager Frank ‘the flake’ Peters, and general manager Lanny Moss – the first female general manager in baseball.

‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ is not just about baseball, it also has an anti-establishment thread running through it which is interesting even if you don’t like or understand baseball.

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One thought on “The Battered Bastards of Baseball

  1. really enjoyed this, that it’s about baseball is immaterial, it’s the people and the underdog story that draws you in. ⚾

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