‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ a must-see

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.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Putting this in my Netflix queue. I first heard if the Mavericks when SI did a small blurb on Bouton when he was pitching for them in the Seventies. Every few years I will see some article about them and their shenanigans.

  2. Just saw the movie this past weekend and really loved it. I had forgotten about the Matt Franco/Russell connection and does anyone know why Bouton doesn’t appear as an on-camera interviewee?

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