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.

Major Participants:
Kurt Russell (Player/Vice President) / Lou Russell (Bing’s wife) / Todd Field (Batboy) / Ken Wheeler (Sports writer) / Jim Bouton (Pitcher/archive footage) / Johnny Carson (Archive footage)
Why Stream This Film?
The Battered Bastards of Baseball  got a standing ovation when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is a celebration of an independent baseball team succeeding without an affiliation with a  Major League team.
  • 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.” 
Duane Byrge

The Hollywood Reporter

So rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it weren’t all true, no one would believe it.” 
Scott Foundas


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