The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Documentary | English | 80 minutes
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a great, unheralded true story. In 1973, Hollywood actor Bing Russell formed the Portland (Oregon) Mavericks, an American baseball team without a Major League affiliation. Russell was criticized for recruiting rejected players from other teams including the blacklisted pitcher Jim Bouton. Russell hired his son, Kurt, to play for the team and he eventually became the vice president. With determination and camaraderie, the team defied the naysayers and became wildly popular with the fans. And hear this: they also managed to win the league championship.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 75
- The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
- New York Daily News: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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“THE BATTERED BASTARDS of BASEBALL is not just about baseball. It transcends the game and is a charming anti-establishment yarn that should delight audiences who don’t even know an RBI from a balk.”
“So rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it weren’t all true, no one would believe it.”
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