Netflix subscribers are encouraged, make that urged, to watch “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” a documentary about the independent Portland Mavericks, who dominated the Northwest League in the mid-70s.
Founded by veteran character Bing Russell, dad of Kurt and grandfather of former Brave Matt Franco, to fill the void left by the departure of the Triple-A Beavers, the Mavs were a collection of coulda beens and never weres that Portland embraced. Jim Bouton started his comeback there.
The Mavs, competing against major league affiliates, set minor league attendance records but were eventually run out of business by the baseball establishment. They were just too damn enjoyable to last.