Driven by a lost-but-not-forgotten love, actor Bing Russell (Bonanza, The Magnificent Seven and father of Kurt Russell) took to the city of Portland in 1973 to build an independent Minor League Baseball franchise, named the Portland Mavericks. Emphasizing a life creed of having fun, Russell invited men from all over the country, both young and older than most, to try out for a large 30-man roster in which everyone were more concerned with playing ball than getting paid. What transpired were four successful years and a baseball experience that has yet to be seen again, until now. Titled The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Russell’s grandsons directed a documentary highlighting the plight and legacy of the Portland Mavericks. Watch it now on Netflix.
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